Sir John Lavery had painted Michael Collins during the Anglo-Irish Treaty talks. Nine months later he painted Collins as he lay in state. Source: Hugh Lane Gallery

This article is part of the Irish Times Century project. For more on Ireland in 1922, click here. If he had lived, what would Michael Collins have do(...)

Matt Fitzpatrick’s Mauser C96 handgun. On February 11th, 1922, any semblance of a rapprochement between North and South was ended by an incident which became known as the Clones Affray.

The early months of 1922 were ones where there was a real prospect of civil war between North and South and not, as it eventually turned out, between (...)

Then and now: Economic issues had barely featured in the bitter political debate around the Treaty, where the focus was on the nature of sovereignty and symbol of the Crown.

Two weeks ago Ireland marked the centenary of the handover of power at Dublin Castle to a new Irish government. Irish economic historians Cormac Ó Grá(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the transfer of power from the British to the new Irish administration was a ‘once unthinkable success for Irish nationalism and republicanism’

A national ceremony to remember all those who died in the Civil War will be held in September, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced. No definitive (...)

The Irish peace delegation shortly after arrival at the Grosvenor Hotel in London in  1921. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

December 1920: Peace feelers by the Archbishop of Perth Patrick Clune founder on a demand by the British government that the IRA disarm before enterin(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle during the President’s state visit to Britain in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

It may have taken almost two days for President Michael D Higgins to outline finally his reasons for declining to attend a religious ceremony in Co Ar(...)

Original photograph of crowd gathered outside Earlsfort Terrace during Treaty ratification meeting. Photograph: Irish Independent Newspapers

Some 100 years ago TDs made the most important choice in the history of the Irish State. Now, a two-day event will give audiences a sense of what i(...)

Bertie Ahern: Even though we have been talking about partition for the last 100 years in this country, the reality is that the necessary analysis of how it will be put together has not been done. Photograph: David Sleator

Preparatory work which would allow a Border poll needs to take place “sooner rather than later”, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said. Mr Ahern to(...)

Arthur Griffith was chairman of the small Irish team sent to negotiate a treaty with Britain in 1921

“When I was going to London Mr de Valera said to me, ‘There may have to be scapegoats’ . . . [Michael] Collins and myself were willing to be scapegoat(...)

The then taoiseach, Leo Varadkar,  with British prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire in October 2019, ahead of private talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. Photograph: PA Wire

The treaty shaped Irish politics for a century. While the Civil War concluded in 1923, Civil War politics really only ended last year when Fine Gael (...)

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