Michael Lowry: Last year, the High Court dismissed his challenge to the costs decision after finding he  engaged in “a litany of falsification and deception”. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Moriarty tribunal did not breach principles of fairness and equality when deciding to award Independent TD Michael Lowry just one third of his leg(...)

A group of demonstrators opposed to contraception pictured outside Leinster House in July 1974.  Photograph: Tommy Collins

The two great failures of the first seven decades of the independent Irish State – the economy and the North – dominated politics in the 1970s. Thoug(...)

WT  Cosgrave, former President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, and his son  Liam Cosgrave (right) at the Phoenix Park races in 1960

Liam Cosgrave was an uncompromising and often controversial political figure. His record as taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 was mixed but he can be cr(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

Charles Haughey:  surely he and Mara did not think Keane was going to hotfoot it down to Temple Bar to open an experimental black box theatre space

‘I happened to go into the Shelbourne Hotel one day and PJ Mara was there. Naturally enough we had a refreshment, and he said ‘the Bossman is coming i(...)

After defeat in the 1973 election, Lynch adopted a hands off approach to leading the opposition, which, to his critics, was born of an intellectual laziness.

“Who, in the name of God, is that?” That was the question posed by Jack Lynch 40 years ago when the new Fianna Fáil TD from Castlebar, Pádraig Flynn,(...)

Anja Murray: “When you go out with friends and children, leave your phones at home and go with the intention of noticing what’s going on around you.”

As National Heritage Week focuses on nature, Sylvia Thompson asks environmentalists how – in spite of the gloomy statistics on species loss and habita(...)

Monsoon Home collection

HOME INSPIRATION FROM AWAY Fashion brand Monsoon is venturing into homewares with a collection that is simply called Home but that takes its inspirat(...)

William O’Brien: He was a former director of Murphy’s brewery in Cork and was partly responsible for convincing Heineken to take it over

Willie O’Brien, who has died at the age of 89, was the founder of one of Ireland’s most successful crane- and plant-hire companies. A lifelong support(...)