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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast: It is embarrassing when the leader of a government seems to be ignorant of the reality that there is already an economic border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP’s decision to support the UK leaving the European Union was based on principle and practicality. On principle, the DUP had opposed joining in (...)

Eamon de Valera speaking in 1969. Photograph: The Irish Times

Eamon de Valera was never a republican, and his support and that of other Irish nationalist leaders for an Irish republic during the War of Independen(...)

Sinead Burke: she wanted a term in Irish for “little person” that was more appropriate for the 21st century. Photograph: Sara Freund

There’s no word in Irish for “eejit”. It’s true that we have amadáns, pleidhces and breallaires, but the word eejit has certain untranslatable qualiti(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  has consistently rejected the notion of dealing with Sinn Féin and has a clear distaste for the party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the quiet days of the summer recess politicians have a bit of time to ponder the longer term. One of issues in the minds of many this July is the n(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “Ultimately Lloyd George wanted a unionist-friendly solution. I am certain about that.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he will not get “knotted up” about the verdict of history because so much of what has been written about him is(...)

Micheál Martin: “The history of the Irish revolution belongs to no party.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin used a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Éamon de Valera’s election to the House of Commons in a famous by-e(...)

Will the changing of the guard herald a more serious approach to meeting our emissions targets? Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

The rise of Sinn Féin in Ireland was dramatically underlined 100 years ago this month with the election of Éamon de Valera in the Clare East by-electi(...)

Labour movement: the Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger says Corbyn and Bernie Sanders succeeded because they toured towns and cities and addressed rallies. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

In the 1930s Éamon de Valera cruelly put down the prospects for a socialist government in Ireland by saying, “Labour must wait.” It has been a long w(...)

Leo Varadkar: the new Fine Gael leader may be  more subtle than Charles Haughey in his negotiations with Independents, but he will have to engage with them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘You know what I want. Now, what do you want?” Such was how Charles Haughey greeted Tony Gregory in 1982 in a bid to secure the Independent TD’s vote (...)

File photograph of Seamus Green from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association after a special Mass to mark the outbreak of the first World War was held in Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said Queen Elizabeth should hand back the Irish regimental flags given to her grandfather after the first World War.(...)

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