Charlie Haughey

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German chancellor Angela Merkel and former British prime minister David Cameron looking at a Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 at the British Museum, London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA

The demise of the Volkswagen Beetle reminds me of something I heard a while back from a man who had grown up in a Midlands dealership for that and oth(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

In Scotland they have the intelligence to allow hand-diving for scallops. Photograph: Getty

A year ago I wrote a column on hand-dived Irish scallops in this magazine, arguing that not only is it illegal to dive for them, it is also not possib(...)

Charles Haughey speaking to a press conference at Leinster House after his election as Fianna Fáil leader.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The election of Charlie Haughey as leader of Fianna Fáil and taoiseach in 1979 prompted fears amongst British diplomats that they were in for a “rough(...)

Newly elected UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher on a visit to Girdwood barracks in Belfast, 1979

Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher complained at the height of the Troubles that the IRA saw the Republic as a safe haven and that the Garda w(...)

Mary Robinson at her inauguration as president at Dublin Castle in December 1990.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Mary Robinson “behaved for all the world like a queen” at a state reception after her inauguration as president in 1990, prompting a Fianna Fáil TD to(...)

Peter Carrington: he served as secretary general of Nato from 1984 to 1988.  Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty

Lord Peter Carrington Born: June 6th, 1919 Died: July 9th, 2018 Peter Carrington, who has died aged 99, was the last surviving member of Sir Winsto(...)

Mary O’Rourke (back row, second right) at Áras an Uachtaráin for the swearing in of the new Fianna Fáil Cabinet in March 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

I was elected to Dáil Éireann in November of 1982, and on a Sunday, in January of 1983, Enda – my late husband – and I were at home in Athlone. I was (...)

Geraldine de Brit, ticking all the boxes in case of a repeat of 1982 cold weather. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I spent a good portion of January 1982 in the hot press. With the weather we’ve had this week, I’ve found myself eyeing it up again. (In fact, as you (...)

 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(...)

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