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(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: has sensibly spelled out the constraints that will limit his capacity to dispense largesse next Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is typical of Irish politics that most of the political pressure on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in the run-up to the budget is to do the w(...)

Acting Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving for the Public Accounts Committee. January 23rd, 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

2014 January 23rd: Assistant Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan first comes to widespread attention as she is seen sitting, unmoved, beside then Ga(...)

New legislation means drinkers should be able to go to the pub next Good Friday. Photograph: iStock

A Government backbencher was a lone voice in the Seanad against the passage of legislation to break a 90-year-old tradition and allow pubs and restaur(...)

It was always felt by some that being in Europe would help end partition and Brexit has raised the issue again

In February 1920, the British cabinet, chaired by prime minister David Lloyd George, agreed to give Ulster unionists what they sought: a Northern Irel(...)

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was barely 6am when Katherine Zappone’s phone began flashing and buzzing with the incoming call. The first light before dawn was still nearly an ho(...)

Key players in the controversy : Sgt Maruice McCabe; Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Minister for Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone

What is all this about? Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe made a number of allegations of garda malpractice, including but not limited to, the cancelling of p(...)

The house at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely, Co Dublin, where up to 70 people were living. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The joint landlords of a Co Dublin house, which at one point was used to house up to 70 South American and eastern European tenants, were told by a ju(...)

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said reform of the force’s culture is “imperative”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An Garda Síochána has tendered for an external company to carry out a “cultural audit” of the force which will include surveys and focus groups. The (...)

The house at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely Co Dublin, where up to 70 people from abroad were being housed.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A landlord, who housed up to 70 people in a sub-let property, has been ordered to find alternative accommodation for the last of his tenants by Saturd(...)