Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock has said that the use of Shannon Airport by the US is compatible with the State’s policy of neutrality, in response to a bill proposed by Independent TD Mick Wallace. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The State had not entered into a military alliance with the US or with any other country or organisation, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán S(...)

Close shave: the Ottawa Evening Citizen of January 30th, 1928, reports on the crash; WT Cosgrave helped with rescue work after his train derailed in a snowstorm

Government Ministers today travel abroad freely. But the first visit of an Irish prime minister to North America did not take place until 1928, more t(...)

Military objective: Richard Mulcahy – here inspecting soldiers in Dublin – argued that permitting official executions would prevent National Army troops from carrying out unofficial killings. Photograph: Walshe/Topical/Getty

In the aftermath of the sudden death of Arthur Griffith and the killing of Michael Collins, in August 1922, William T Cosgrave became chairman of t(...)

 Brian Cowen: It could be that Mr Cowen is reluctant to sit for a portrait, given that he ended his period as taoiseach under a cloud after the State was forced to accept an international bailout. Photograph: David Sleator

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen almost three years after he r(...)

There are several accomplished portrait painters around today to tackle Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s not surprising that most of the portraits of former taoisigh hanging in Leinster House do not scale the heights of artistic excellence. However, (...)

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the State ceremony to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

A hundred years ago today the Irish Volunteers were founded at the Rotunda Rink in Dublin. Some 7,000 volunteers are said to have turned out for (...)

The decision to close was due to the ‘significant losses’ incurred since 2008, said Kevin Knightly, ACCBank’s country manager.

Eighty-six years after being set up by a government led by William T Cosgrave, ACCBank is to hand back its banking licence next year following a decis(...)