File image of RIC cadets in Dublin. File photograph: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

A controversial plan by former minister for justice Charlie Flanagan to commemorate the role of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in Irish society wa(...)

An Garda Síochána will mark the centenary of its foundation next year. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The Garda is to spend up to half a million euro on memorabilia to commemorate the foundation of the organisation 100 years ago. Management is seeking(...)

A plaque in the lower yard of Kilmainham Gaol listing the names of the Invincibles, the five assassins who were hanged for the murders of the chief secretary to Ireland Lord Frederick Cavendish and the permanent under-secretary Thomas Henry Burke on May 6th, 1882.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In the lower yard of Kilmainham Gaol and out of bounds to its many visitors is the place where the Invincibles are buried in rough teal coffins. It i(...)

The Squad included Vinny Byrne (standing, left), a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins

The so-called “Squad” was a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins, several of whom played key roles in a series of assassinations on the mor(...)

The two ancient pillars at the entrance to Kevin Street Garda station. Photograph: Sara Freund

The centuries-old buildings at Kevin Street in Dublin occupied for many years by the Garda Síochána are to be saved for future generations. After man(...)

 Chairman of Fine Gael parliamentary party Richard Bruton: "I think people did perceive the party as not being ‘on your side’ and that is one of the most difficult challenges if a party comes to be perceived as being sort of detached."  Photograph: Laura Hutton

Fine Gael was seen as detached and not on the side of the public in this year’s general election, according to the blunt finding of an internal party (...)

An armoured car at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, during Republican hunger strike protests in April 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The War of Independence is best remembered for the events of 1920. This was the year of Bloody Sunday; the burnings of Cork, Balbriggan and Trim; the (...)

For senior cycle students and teachers, there is a requirement to engage in a balanced, investigative and enquiry-based approach to examining and exploring the evidence surrounding the Irish War of Independence.

Teaching emotive history In the Leaving Certificate classroom, the War of Independence 1919 to 1921 is taught as part of the topic, “The pursuit of s(...)

Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY One of the unintended consequences of the recent row over the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) i(...)

The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Journal, December 5th, 1920, depicting British police attacking a farm in Tipperary occupied by Sinn Féin members. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

There was more than one war of independence being fought in Ireland in 1920. Alongside an increasingly intense military conflict, there were political(...)

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