Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave former taoiseach speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque celebrating the birth of WT Cosgrave in 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Liam Cosgrave was born his father was in jail. WT Cosgrave, minister of local government in the underground Dáil administration, had been on the(...)

Declan Ganley:  bought the unoccupied Derreen Inn pub complex last year. He said he would “save” it for the local community. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Prominent businessman and former Libertas political campaigner Declan Ganley is abandoning a €2 million plan to redevelop his local pub after Galway p(...)

Clockwise from top left: Kieran Mahon, Michael Banks, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy.

The Jobstown trial involves “cracking a nut with a sledgehammer” and is “over the top”, a defence counsel has told the jury in a closing address. One(...)

Trinity College  historian Patrick Geoghegan also hosts a radio show. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hired a prominent Trinity College historian to assist him with research and speechwriting. Patrick Geoghegan is professor (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Washington on Thursday: elected a TD in 1975, he was in a better position than most to do something about the horrors that continued in his time. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For a people renowned for nostalgia, we Irish sure know how to move on. We travelled from shame to pride within a week. Having stopped to consider ou(...)

Eileen Gray: a Modernist master

It’s that time of year again when shamrockery, Guinness and “Kiss me I’m Irish” hats come to the fore in presenting a particular image of “Irishness” (...)

Daniel Mulhall, Irish ambassador to Britain: he challenged Ms Phillips’s contention that Ireland’s nationhood is ‘tenuous’ by pointing to over 100 years of independence.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A column in a British newspaper which describes Ireland as having a “tenuous claim to nationhood” has provoked an angry reaction from the Irish ambass(...)

Strike 4 Repeal: a video promoting the the campaign, inspired by action taken by women in Poland, has been viewed more than 430,000 times

Within a week of launching, the Strike 4 Repeal campaign, which aims to encourage women in Ireland to withdraw their labour on International Women’s (...)

A view of the crowd, estimated at 5,000, at the Women’s March  in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

It’s hard not to worry. Brexiteers to the east of us, Trumpeters to the west. Political winds blow hard. Unseasonable weather augurs climate change. W(...)

Martin Luther statue in Wittenberg, Germany:  what he intended as the beginning of a theological dialogue in 1517 set in train events that have shaped the world  today. Photograph: iStock

It began 500 years ago this year. It shaped your life and mine, and that of billions of other people since. Yet few realise that anymore. It led to (...)