Former Israeli president Chaim Herzog, who was born in Belfast and brought up in Dublin, pictured inspecting a guard of honour at Dublin Airport in 1985. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Irishman Chaim Herzog rose through the military to become a United Nations ambassador and president of Israel. He was a man of contradictions, once te(...)

Muslim women in Paris hold a banner which says ‘a choice’ as they demonstrate against a headscarves ban in state schools in France. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Some people hurl the term “liberal” around like it’s an insult. To be called a liberal, in certain quarters, is to be portrayed as a weak-kneed, polit(...)

Poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917). He served as a lance-corporal on the Flanders front with the Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A handwritten version of Francis Ledwidge’s most famous poem, A Lament for Thomas MacDonagh, is going on sale at auction in London later this month. (...)

Jennifer Musa photographed in 2005. The one-time nurse from Co Kerry was the poverty-hit province’s first female MP, once ran an ice-factory and defied local traditions by refusing to cover her head with a veil. Photograph: AFP

Kerry nurse Jennifer Musa became a widely loved peacemaker in Balochistan, now one of the four provinces of Pakistan. She promoted women’s rights in t(...)

John Redmond, John Bruton suggested, was a “better model for a 21st-century world than are those who did not accept the necessity for compromise”.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he could envisage a successor of his coming from the unionist tradition. Mr Varadkar referenced the controversial decisi(...)

John Redmond: died 100 years ago

The Irish parliamentary tradition owes a debt to John Redmond, the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail has stated. Redmond was leader of the Irish Parl(...)

John Morrissey: born February 5th 1831. Height 6 feet. Weight 170 lbs. Image:   United States Library of Congress/Wikicommons

This weekly series for Irish Times Abroad profiles an Extraordinary Emigrant from Irish history, based on entries from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dicti(...)

 Coolock has a sprawling suburban feel. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Coolock, on Dublin’s northside, has had a number of building spurts, with the early 1970s producing one of Dublin’s most intriguingly named group of s(...)

Kathleen Lonsdale (photographed in 1943) was made professor of chemistry at University College London in 1949, the first woman professor at the university. Photograph: The Irish Times

A new weekly series for Irish Times Abroad profiles an Exraordinary Emigrant from Irish history, based on entries from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dicti(...)

To mark the centenary of women getting the vote in Ireland, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington re-enacts her grandmother smashing the windows of Dublin Castle to highlight women’s disenfranchisement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

At 5am on June 13th, 1912, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington set out alone for Dublin Castle, the seat of British Government rule in Ireland. Armed with a sti(...)

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