Enda Kenny: Fished out a substantial sheaf of paper from his folder and gave the Dáil a history of the many unsuccessful attempts by various taoisigh and ministers to institute an awards system. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach will not be wearing a row of 40 medals on his chest to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. We say “he,” but that all depends(...)

Like many of his contemporaries in 1922, George Gavan Duffy, the minister for external affairs in the provisional government of the fledging Irish Fre(...)