Bertie Ahern

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British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Belfast  Agreement 20th anniversary event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It snowed in Washington the night before Leo arrived. Unfortunately it wasn’t Situation Room weather. The snow didn’t stick. Which is a pity, because (...)

Brexit warning: “If you reinstate a hard border . . . stereotyping resumes, demonisation resumes, and people turn inward as opposed to outward,” said George Mitchell. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

The former American senator who brokered peace in Northern Ireland has warned of “serious trouble” if Border checks are reinstated because of Brexit. (...)

Atlantic Philanthropies, founded and financed by billionaire Chuck Feeney, gave away €1.1 billion in Ireland through 1,030 grants over 30 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

It ended as it began – quietly, low key, with no fanfare. The Dublin office of Atlantic Philanthropies closed this week as billionaire Chuck Feeney, w(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “We want to work with the UK and defend island of Ireland interests”

Northern Ireland will in effect remain in the EU’s customs union and single market to avoid a hard border post-Brexit if no wider EU-UK trade deal or (...)

Justin McAleese previously played a prominent role in the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015, when he spoke of his experience of growing up as a gay man.

The son of former president Mary McAleese has effectively declared his intention to stand for Fianna Fáil at the next general election, telling party (...)

The Submarine Bar and adjacent Ashleaf Shopping Centre at Crumlin Cross, Dublin 12. Photograph: Google Street View

Allied Irish Banks is seeking summary judgment for €6 million against a woman arising from alleged guarantees by herself and her late husband over loa(...)

Political portraits: Peter Dwan’s favourite is that of Charles Mr Haughey, which showed “great presence”

A unique series of portraits of all 13 former taoisigh has unexpectedly come to light, and will be sold at auction next week. But the identity of the (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting  in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, February 23rd. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The keenest students of successful politicians are often the successors of their defeated opponents. Tony Blair served his political apprenticeship w(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  addresses the media with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney  after the collapse of the latest Northern talks. A  pointed comparison must be made between their approach and that of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been in touch with the Minister for Foreign Affairs over the Stormont talks. “I’ve been talking to Simon Coveney an(...)


Part hype, part hope, part genuine effort to do things differently in an area in which Ireland has conspicuously failed in the past, Project Ireland 2(...)

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