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(...)

White rose petals are thrown into a pond at the Omagh memorial garden by those who attended the ceremony for victims of the car bomb on Market Street on the 15th August 1998.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Close to the 3.10 pm time of the Omagh bombing a bell was sounded 32 times on Wednesday in the Co Tyrone town. Thirty one of the tolls were for the 29(...)

Nuala O’Loan,the former  police ombudsman for Northern Ireland  Photograph: Irish Times

The North’s former police ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has stated her “firm” belief that the Omagh bombing could have been prevented. Ms O’Loan on(...)

Family, relatives and victims gather at an interdenominational service at the Memorial Gardens in Omagh to remember the Omagh bombing 20 years on. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The father of one of the Omagh bombing victims has marked the 20th anniversary of the explosion by urging Northern Ireland’s political leaders to reac(...)

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