Maire Geoghegan Quinn

Geraldine Kennedy: There is something demeaning about the way Martina Fitzgerald portrays the 17 surviving women Ministers

For many reasons we are not the same people visited by John Paul II in 1979

Bertie Ahern: will his achievements be eclipsed by his shortcomings? Photograph: David Sleator

The former taoiseach resigned 10 years ago this weekend. We assess his legacy

The 1983 abortion referendum was the most divisive political campaign I can ever remember. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

It’s a long way from what I voted against in 1983 to the right to abortion at 12 weeks ‘without any indication’

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph Maxpix

A national coalition is on the way, even if TDs don’t quite see it that way yet

We could have the most constructive, representative and exciting Dáil ever

Ireland ranks among countries such as North Korea for proportion of women in politics

The 2011 election was the most seismic in memory and it left a very changed political landscape for 2016

Haughey expended huge energy achieving power and then did not know what to do with it

The Ahern story had to be published; and there was a duty to protect sources

Bandon recordings ‘could expose State to damages of €2.5m over Ian Bailey case’

Callinan was seeking permission to destroy archive of recordings made in Garda stations

State papers from 1983 include none from the Department of Justice

Opinion: Government must provide unambiguous answer to question raised by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

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