US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)

Former Central Bank director Alan Gray speaking to the banking inquiry. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

A former director of the Central Bank and former adviser to Brian Cowen said it was a mistake to meet the then taoiseach and former Anglo Irish Ban(...)

Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)

Figures suggest we are more flush than we thought. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

We move effortlessly from one financial crisis to another: Greece to China. The transition is smooth, but it is clear we can only handle one crisis at(...)

A nationalist protester waves a Tricolour in front of PSNI officers in riot gear in the Oldpark Road area of Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire.

A senior figure in Northern Ireland policing has criticised the disturbances that followed the halting of an Anti Internment League (AIL) parade in Be(...)

Are we saying goodbye to EastEnders and Strictly? To the “downmarket” entertainment output of the BBC? And to the corporation’s cherished independence(...)

British prime minister David Cameron attended the Armed Forces Day in Guildford, southeast England at the weekend. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Greece’s referendum on austerity proposals is effectively an “in/out” vote on whether the country should stay in the euro, British prime minister Davi(...)

New government-backed scheme, backed by £2.2 million, is to be rolled out in Northern Ireland to help 160 people who have been out of work in one of the worst areas for unemployment in the UK.

A new scheme, backed by £2.2 million of public money, is to be rolled out in Northern Ireland to help 160 people who have been out of work in one of t(...)

 British Foreign Secretary  Philip Hammond: ‘The uncomfortable truth is that the EU’s growth rate is far below that needed to reduce unemployment to acceptable levels and is being challenged not only by Asia, but also by the US.’ Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Right across the continent, anti-EU parties have made huge gains in recent years – in local, national and European elections. We need to respond by ma(...)

World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany: we should be sceptical of their commitments to climate action as we have heard them for nearly a quarter ofa century. Photograph: Markus Schreibe/AP

Is there any significant likelihood that policy action will eliminate the risk of climate disaster? At present, the answer is no. This is so, even tho(...)