New shadow chancellor in Britain John McDonnell:  was involved in the campaign to secure the Irish in London their first St Patrick’s Day festival in 1999. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The new shadow chancellor in Britain, John McDonnell, has been among the most active MPs on Irish affairs in the House of Commons. Mr McDonnell, who(...)

‘Charlie Hebdo’ on a newsstand, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many moderate Muslims see the support for Charlie Hebdo as “nothing more than the triumphalist hatred that the West has had for Islam almost since it(...)

François Hollande: intervention in Greek crisis was part of France’s “historically self-imposed vocation to represent the cause of humanity”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images

President François Hollande’s intervention in the Greek crisis was part of France’s “historically self-imposed vocation to represent the cause of hum(...)

D-Day veteran Michael d’Alton from Dalkey, Co Dublin, who was presented with the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur  by Jean-Pierre Thebault, the French ambassador on board the French Navy Command and Support Ship Somme, in Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Parnell Summer School will take place from August 9th to 13th in the Avondale demesne, Charles Stewart Parnell’s ancestral home in Co Wicklow. Th(...)

Samuel Beckett Summer School runs at Trinity College Dublin in August

Blás Summer School This school offers an opportunity to get a taste of all aspects of traditional Irish music and dance. It has its home at th(...)

Michael McDowell with Bertie Ahern. His self-love seems to have survived his membership of the worst government in the history of the State and his leading of his party to oblivion. Photograph: PA

You’re driving along in the old jalopy when the wheels fall off. You call the garage and along comes Michael McDowell. He takes out the owner’s manual(...)

When then US president Bill Clinton (left) decided to issue a visa to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, then British prime minister John Major (right) would not speak to him and  “the British were incandescent with rage”,  former Irish diplomat Sean Donlon said.

Tim O’BrienBritish prime minister John Major refused to speak to US president Bill Clinton for weeks after the US granted a visa to Gerry Adams in 199(...)

Former minister Michael McDowell who said today: ‘Politics is the process that we as citizens choose it to be. We should not cannibalise the Constitution in the name of reform.’

Ireland is not a “failed state” and its people should not accept phoney reform in abolishing the Seanad, former minister for justice Michael McDowell (...)

Forner taoiseach Liam Cosgrave with Nuala Harrington Jordan, who’s grandfather was lord mayor of Dublin from 1901 to 1903, at the Parnell Summer School in Avondale house, Co Wicklow yesterday.  Photograph: Garry O’Neill

The visit of WT Cosgrave to North America as president of the Irish Free State’s executive council in 1928 was recalled with laughter and the telling (...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave with Nuala  Jordan, whose grandfather Timothy Harrington MP was mayor of Dublin from 1901 to 1903, at the Parnell Summer School today in Avondale house, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave appeared in excellent form today as he shared political anecdotes and humour at the Parnell Summer School in Co Wicklow(...)