In 1982 Brian Farrell presided over the first ever televised leaders’ debate  in a general election, between the then heads of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, Charles Haughey  and Garret Fitzgerald  respectively. 4:23

Brian Farrell made an enormous contribution to Irish political life through his work as a broadcaster and an academic.Nobody else before or since has (...)

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If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

Family tragedy: Seán Lemass in 1964; the Coroner’s Register 1907-1916 from the National Archive; and the entry detailing the death of Herbert Lemass due to laceration of the brain caused by a bullet fired accidentally by his brother. The photograph of the burning Four Courts was taken in 1922 by 17-year-old Joe Rodgers, who lived across the River Liffey, on Essex Quay. Coroners Register photographs: Dara MacDónaill; Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/ Irish Times Premedia

Seán Lemass’s public record – involvement in 1916, the War of Independence, the Civil War, forsaking of the armed struggle in favour of electoral poli(...)