At midnight last night the twenty-six counties officially left the British Commonwealth and cut the last constitutional link with Britain. The descrip(...)

Coalition: Sources indicate there has been a definite change of attitude among some in Fine Gael since IAG chief executive Willie Walsh engaged in a round of publicity last week. Photograph: PA 2:13

A growing number of Fine Gael TDs and Ministers say the Coalition should seriously consider selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus. Some backb(...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

When a person with a richly layered life dies, the phrase “ renaissance man” is often deployed to unite the whole. With the passing of John Chisholm, (...)

Former TD Peadar Clohessy, who has died aged 80, will be remembered for his deep commitment to his native Limerick, but also for the significan(...)

View of Sing Sing, a vault at Kilquane Cemetery, Knockraha, Co Cork, used by the IRA for holding prisoners during the War of Independence. Photograph:  Gerard Murphy

A controversial thesis that the killing of some 13 Protestants by members of the IRA in West Cork in April 1922 during the truce was sectarian has bee(...)

Inside the GPO, Easter Week 1916. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives.

The myriad of personal stories contained in the Military Service Pensions Collection will open a new window on the 1916 to 1923 period in Irish histor(...)

Daunting tasks: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (left) and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For all its success in the achievement of a smooth bailout exit, the Government faces a daunting task in 2014 as it seeks to establish durable access (...)

The Menin Gate memorial in Ypres, Belgium includes the names of thousands of Irish war dead. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Those who tuned into ITV’s Champion’s League coverage on Tuesday night to catch a glimpse of the new Republic of Ireland management team could not fai(...)

David Nicholson, who has died aged 80, was the doyen of one of Cork’s old merchant prince families. A successful businessman, he built up Woodford Bou(...)