Near the altar of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa is a secular portrait depicting a session of the League of Nations in 1936. The focus of the picture is an address by Emperor Haile Selassie. But in the background, looking on, is de Valera.

Eamon de Valera may have a mixed reputation in Ireland, the country he dominated for so long. But he holds an exalted place – literally – in Ethiopia,(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: as unlikely to sit at any negotiating table as Donald Trump is to co-operate with his impeachment. Photograph: Mustafa Kamaci

The sea may be blue, but the location is grey. Such is the uncertainty regarding the delineation of Greece’s and Turkey’s continental shelf and the ow(...)

Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)  in Waterford in 1917. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan was forced to postpone a  commemoration for the RIC and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.   Photograph: A. H. Poole Collection

Before a decade of commemorations began in 2012 of the years around the creation of the State, then taoiseach Enda Kenny was only too well aware that (...)

May 1921: Lord John Denton Pinkstone French inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary. Hundreds of RIC members were killed during the War of Independence. Photograph: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty

In September the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan became the first government minister to attend a commemoration service for the Royal Irish Cons(...)

Louie Bennett. She kept the union she founded independent of Liberty Hall and male unions on the basis that women’s concerns would always take second place in male-dominated unions.

Louie Bennett, who was born 150 years ago on January 7th, was well known in 20th-century Ireland as a feminist, trade unionist and journalist but it w(...)

A meeting of Dáil Éireann  in August 1921,  shortly after the truce that brought the War of Independence to an end. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Events to mark the War of Independence this year will be “Cork’s 1916”, the city’s Lord Mayor has said. Cllr John Sheehan said Cork people “feel own(...)

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets with the Vatican ambassador. File photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

“We behold with sorrow,” wrote Achille Ratti (the new Pope Pius XI) in 1922, “society lapsing back slowly but surely into a state of barbarism.” Despi(...)

Éamon de Valera in New York with Friends of Irish Freedom’s Judge Daniel  Cohalan and John Devoy in July 1919. Photograph:   Topical Press Agency/Getty

As Ireland continues to mark various centenaries connected to the struggle for independence, this month marks the 100-year anniversary of an important(...)

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel. The so-called ‘métis’ children, the product of relationships between settlers and local women, were forcibly taken to Belgium between 1959 and 1962. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, is to apologise on behalf of the state for the kidnapping of mixed-race children torn from their Congolese m(...)

Lot 105: The Lovers After Courbet by Basil Blackshaw (€20,000-€40,000).

Mankind has long been fascinated by the naked human body expressed as an art form. A refection of ourselves, and sometimes conveying social and politi(...)

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