Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave former taoiseach speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque celebrating the birth of WT Cosgrave in 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Liam Cosgrave was born his father was in jail. WT Cosgrave, minister of local government in the underground Dáil administration, had been on the(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and the  Cabinet: Mr Varadkar  is likely to scale down the engagements he will attend and become a “bit more removed”. Photograph:  Maxwellphotography.ie

The opening acts of any new government are public relations; the way a new Taoiseach and Ministers see themselves in the most ideal form, and the way (...)

Sources said Enda Kenny wanted to remain party leader during the election of his successor. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will arrange for the election of a new Fine Gael leader soon after he returns from Washington DC next month but will not specific(...)

The Government had proposed recruiting up to 1,200 nurses this year as part of a funded workforce plan.

The prospect of industrial action by nurses has increased after talks between the Government and unions over the recruitment and retention of staff b(...)

Eamon de Valera, in addressing the League of Nations when the Irish Free State held the presidency of the League Council, highlighted his disquiet about the larger powers dominating international organisations

In 1922, after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Joseph Walshe, who had worked during the War of Independence in Sinn Féin’s Irish foreign servic(...)

Tim Pat Coogan: my father abandoned thoughts of practising law and at 24 became the first deputy commissioner of An Garda. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In considering the purge of senior Garda officers revealed in the newly released State Papers, the historical background against which the crackdown t(...)

Enda Kenny: Three crucial areas could decide this Government’s fate: not housing, health and water, but the role of the Dáil, transparency and accountability and Independent Ministers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some fuss has been made of Enda Kenny’s status as the first Fine Gael leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach. This detracts slightly from the legacy of (...)

The House then took the second stage of the Dail Eireann Courts (Winding-up) Bill. Mr. Kevin O’Higgins [minister for home affairs] said that this was(...)

‘Tens of thousands of those inspired to vote Yes to one amendment by the impressively uplifting “Yes Equality” campaign apparently saw no contradiction in rejecting the other.’ Above, members of Get the Boat 2 Vote, a group of Irish people who returned from London to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

What happened on Friday was truly odd. In the same breath, the Irish electorate triumphantly extended equality to same-sex couples, and resoundingly d(...)

Beef farmers at a protest outside the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Beef farmers remain “deeply frustrated” over cattle prices despite some agreements being reached with producers at talks earlier this week. The execu(...)

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