James Connolly and the cross that marks the spot in Kilmainham Gaol wher ehe was executed: “For his entire adult life James Connolly’s defining characteristic was his total devotion to the cause of Marxism,” argues Sean O’Callaghan. “Nothing was allowed to get in the way”

I have recently written a book about James Connolly, who was easily the most important political influence on me when I was growing up in Tralee. I(...)

Peter Robinson being led into Ballybay court in 1986, where he was remanded on bail. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

For the residents of the normally quiet village of Clontibret, it was a startling sight as the darkened main street was taken over by a mob, some wear(...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (1856 - 1918, left) with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon (1851 - 1927), circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On the night of May 18th, 1915, the Irish nationalist leader John Redmond was staying at the south Dublin home of his daughter Johanna and her husband(...)

If the dead could speak they would point their skeletal fingers at the rather corpulent figure who sent them to their doom. The Sinn Féin propaganda l(...)

Mr Alfie Byrne was elected MP to the British House of Commons for Dublin Harbour in a by-election on October 1, 1915, but lost his seat in 1918. In the 1922 elections, the first to be held in Ireland after the Treaty, he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the Dublin Mid constituency. From then until his death he was an Independent TD, except from 1944 until 1948 when he was a member of the Seanad. Alfie Byrne was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin a record ten times between 1930 and 1955. The by-election caused by his death was won by his son Patrick Byrne.
Dublin: A City At War

Dublin in 1916 was very much a city at war. There were uniforms everywhere. Irish Volunteers and Citizen Army contingents regularly marched and drille(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: part of a  ruling class enabled by the politics of bean-counting that allowed technocrats and former special advisers to shine. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Leviathan was always the wrong metaphor. The state is not a monster with its own mind. It is, at least in a democracy, the expression of our tastes an(...)

Irish Government must hold “the British government to account” over allegations UDA intelligence officer Brian Nelson was allegedly urged by his British intelligence handlers to get the UDA to launch a bombing campaign in the Republic in the late 1980s, says Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin has stated that reports of how British agent Brian Nelson allegedly set up republicans and nationalists for murder and targeting demonstr(...)

British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers: she has been resisting demands for more finance to lighten the effects of welfare cuts. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The British and Irish governments and Northern Ireland’s main parties were last night attempting to resolve two outstanding issues in order to achiev(...)

Jeremy Corbyn: Was accused by Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton of undermining “the credibility of deterrence”. Photograph: PA

General Sir John Hackett once put me right about the meaning of nuclear deterrence. As far as the military was concerned, the concept of “mutually ass(...)

Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city.

‘D-Day’, ‘Arnhem’, ‘The Falklands.’ Perhaps these place names and battle honours of The Parachute Regiment point to why the men of its 1st Battalion’s(...)