Former IRA member Dolours Price, who was convicted of the 1973 bombing of the Old Bailey and sentenced to life imprisonment. Photograph: PA

“I think the relationship that a journalist has with his sources is a unique one,” Ed Moloney says. “It falls outside the category of friendship. It i(...)

Then taoiseach Albert Reynolds shakes hands with Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and SDLP’s John Hume outside Government Buildings on September 6th, 1994. Hume and Adams began a dialogue in 1993. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

This week the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Proni) is releasing files mainly relating to 1993 as a result of a decision by legislative ord(...)

A priest helps rescue workers carry the body of one of the 15 people killed in the loyalist bombing  at McGurks’ pub in  Belfast in December 1971.  Photograph: Pat Langan

A High Court judge has dismissed an action aimed at blocking the PSNI’s Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris from becoming the next Garda Commissioner. (...)

British troops during the War of Independence in 1920. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

The old IRA disappeared almost four times as many people in Cork alone as the Provisional IRA did throughout the whole of the Troubles, new research c(...)

Tom O’Higgins (top left) hailed from a venerable Fine Gael dynasty and ran an American-style campaign while Seán Lemass was pivotal in reminding voters of Dev’s patriotic credentials. Photographs: The Irish Times

Politics students might be astonished to learn that Éamon de Valera was re-elected for a second seven-year term as Uachtaráin na hÉireann in 1966 with(...)

Micheál Martin said there had been a proposal prior to him becoming Minister for Education in 1997 to have history removed as a core subject at Junior Certificate level.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he will restore history to the core Junior Certificate curriculum if his party are in government after the (...)

September 1979: Pope John Paul II signs the visitors' book at  Áras an Uachtaráin as the president, Dr Patrick Hillery, looks on.

A different Pope, John Paul II, flew in on an Aer Lingus plane to a different Ireland for the papal visit at the end of September 1979. It lasted thr(...)

The horror unleashed on the people of Omagh and unsuspecting visitors by a Real IRA car bomb some 20 years ago reverberates to this day and carries me(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  new Garda commissioner Drew Harris at Government buildings in June. Photograph: Maxwell

A relative of a person killed in one of the worst atrocities committed during the Troubles has brought a High Court challenge aimed at preventing the (...)

Éamon de Valera on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London in 1932. Photograph: PA

Political rivals Éamon de Valera and WT Cosgrave are jointly responsible for preserving democracy in the Irish State when so many other European count(...)

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