Statue of Oliver Goldsmith at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: iStock

When the statue of Lord Carlisle was blown from its plinth in the People’s Garden in the Phoenix Park on July 28th, 1958, the incident was news for on(...)

  Mary Lou McDonald:   won a Dáil seat in 2011,  comfortably retaining it in 2016. Photograph: Reuters/ Clodagh Kilcoyne

Mary Lou McDonald first came to public and media notice in the early 2000s as part of Gerry Adams’ doughnut – the group of party honchos who would sur(...)

 Danny Morrison with Gerry Adams  in west Belfast canvassing for the EEC elections in June 1984. Photograph: Pacemaker

I’m sure that there is a little nervousness within Sinn Féin as Gerry Adams steps down as president of the party, having led it to great electoral suc(...)

Sinn Féin: expect much talk of a united Ireland as Mary Lou McDonald looks to maintain the unity of the movement that Gerry Adams has led since 1983. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Mary Lou McDonald has same task that all new political leaders face: how to reassure the ancien regime while emphasising the change that has taken pla(...)

Barry McElduff: Mary Lou McDonald spent a few days insisting his suspension was “a proportionate response” for a “stupid” stunt.

If the Barry McElduff controversy was a test for Sinn Féin, the party failed it, then passed at the repeats. McElduff submitted his resignation as an(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: an early riser and proud of it. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

“Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Or so goes the adage. But it has become something of a sport to hide what you mean and mean something other(...)

The Sinn Féin commemoration at the republican plot at St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork. Earlier in the day, the Cork branch of the Workers Party also held a commemoration at the graveyard

Efforts to equate the Irishmen and women who fought in World War I and World War II with those who fought for Irish freedom is hugely misguided, Sinn (...)

The  coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried through  Derry at his funeral on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The untimely death of Martin McGuinness, at the beginning of a period when he had hoped to enjoy his retirement, is being mourned deeply in Sinn Féin (...)

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Frank Miller

One hundred years ago the republican movement and the Irish language movement were closely linked in the minds and hearts and lives of many Irish peop(...)

 Cardinal Sean Brady: might permit himself a smile as he observes Gerry Adams discovering that sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Photograph: Eric Luke

Parallels between the way the Catholic Church and the republican movement have handled allegations concerning aspects of child sex abuse and cover-up (...)