Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave stands in front of a photograph of his father WT  Cosgrave at the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre during its official opening in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The former Fine Gael taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who died this week, made an impassioned defence of his father’s actions during the Civil War in a speech(...)

Liam Cosgrave was a politician of personal integrity and steely resolve who as taoiseach in the 1970s ensured that the institutions of the State survi(...)

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(...)

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(...)

File image of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave looking onto the main square at Collins Barracks in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conor Cruise O’Brien told me a story about the time in 1956 when he was head of the United Nations section of the Department of External Affairs. The(...)

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 (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. File photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has lodged a complaint with the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) alleging gardaí have been leaking to the me(...)

A file picture from Bloody Sunday in Derry on January 30th, 1972. Father Edward Daly and others are seen running down the street with an injured man after soldiers opened fire on protestors.

Former members of the Official IRA could face prosecution for their actions on Bloody Sunday.  A file on one former member of the Official IRA h(...)

The object of her gaze, she explained, was the number “77”, formed in stone above a stain-glass window, on an arched lintel

Readers will have to forgive me returning yet again to Rathmines Catholic Church, whose Russian-accented dome and Irish republican history were the su(...)