Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks at a map of Dublin from 1610  with  Trinity’s registrar Prof Paula Murphy and  provost Dr Patrick Prendergast at an event to celebrate 425 years since TCD’s founding. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left (...)

Associate editors Dr John Borgonovo, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Crowley  launching  the ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ in Dublin. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

As weighty tomes go, they do not get much weightier than the newly published Atlas of the Irish Revolution. This monumental work of almost 1,000 pag(...)

British ambassador to Ireland Lord Rugby, Irish president Seán T Kelly, British prime minister Clement Atlee and presidential secretary Michael McDunphy in 1948

Over the last year new attention has focused on the idea of Irish unity. Sinn Féin has called for a Border poll, reunification has become a subject of(...)

 Scanning electron micrograph of the anaerobic spirochaete bacteria Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis  in humans

In one of James Joyce’s more scurrilous puns, from Ulysses, his protagonist known only as “the citizen” expresses contempt for any talk of the civilis(...)

On The Fringe: there are lots of free activities at Litfest this weekend, and The Big Shed will be the place to meet, eat and drink, and make merry.

Going to the Ballymaloe Litfest can be a major investment – attending a three-hour cookery demonstration will set you back €100 (including a generous (...)

Joe Duffy: Liveline broadcast a retro-themed special for RTÉ’s Cruinnú na Cásca cultural festival

Tuning into Liveline (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) on Easter Monday, it’s apparent something is up. Quips about “telegram polls” and references to the GPO o(...)

British Cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986.

In any assessment of the historic importance of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, the Irish diplomats who had delivered it in November 1985 paid special atte(...)

Peter Barry, left, then minister for foreign affairs, with Tom King, then Northern Ireland secretary, in Iveagh House, Dublin, 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Margaret Thatcher was complicated about Ireland. This was scarcely surprising. So many of her associations with Ireland had been negative: her falling(...)

The RDS has become associated in the public mind with the  Leinster rugby team. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There are remarkably few traces of the whole business left. The RDS grounds in Dublin’s Ballsbridge are now firmly associated in the public mind with(...)

Ireland – The Autobiography: John Bowman at the National Archives of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In a library I have always found myself easily distracted, drawn to a topic other than that which brought me there in the first place. But this lifel(...)