Maj Gen PA Mulcahy chief of Staff, Gen Sean MacEoin TD, minister for defence and Col AT Lawlor OC, Curragh Training Camp, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

County: Longford Incident: Clonfin ambush Date: February 2nd 1921 Fatalities: 4 Gen Seán Mac Eoin, known as the ‘Blacksmith of Ballinalee’, was widel(...)

AS many as four referendums could be required to bring about a united Ireland. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A united Ireland could necessitate at least three referendums and possibly four, constitutional experts have said. A working unit has been set up co(...)

The  data shows the importance of migration as, without the Vikings, the population decline could have been much worse, according to the researchers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland’s population was in “serious decline” before the arrival of the Vikings, new research suggests. It had been assumed that the Irish population(...)

Lord Paul Bew said: “A new, modern case for the union must be developed, based on the principle of consent.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The new British prime minister must make the case for the United Kingdom with a positive vision to counter the nationalist narrative, a prominent hist(...)

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast, which trained priests mainly for the Down and Connor diocese, is to close after 185 years. From September next its(...)

PSNI chief inspector Robert Murdie said antisocial behaviour in the city on St Patrick’s Day   will not be tolerated this year

Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agre(...)

31/08/2014: A procession walks from the graveside of Seamus Heaney in St. Marys Church, Bellaghy, to celebrate the life of the Nobel Laureate on the first anniversary of the death. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A controversial €190 million dual carriageway bisecting the landscape that inspired the writings of Seamus Heaney has been given the go-ahead. Part o(...)

Anti-fracking protesters at a demonstration in Co Fermanagh last year. Photograph: Boyes/Press Eye.

The lead company employed to carry out a study on fracking in Ireland is a pro-fracking organisation involved in the controversial gas extraction meth(...)

A photograph of the People’s Democracy civil rights march from Belfast to Derry which was attacked at Burntollet Bridge. Photograph from the NUIG Boyle Archive

When a young Co Down student visited Detroit at the height of the US civil rights movement in the early 1970s, he was struck by the treatment of black(...)

Ireland is on its way to meeting its renewable electricity target. However, chances of reaching the goal for transport and heat are not looking so good. Photographs: David O’Brien, Thinkstock

Many bioenergy researchers around Ireland have had to become policy experts as they attempt to navigate the complex world of regulation and legisla(...)