Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace mediator George Mitchell with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 1999. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

In 1985 a delegation of Irish-American leaders visited the US state department in Washington to seek a policy briefing on Northern Ireland. The desk (...)

 Cathal Mac Coille during his last broadcast on RTÉ One with Rachael English (right). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Morning Ireland’s importance is obvious to all those who are lucky enough to work on a programme that registers with listeners in a way that no other (...)

Des Hanafin: as a Fianna Fáil senator he was a strong supporter of the eighth amendment to the Constitution banning abortion.

Des Hanafin was a relatively obscure politician but he had more impact on Irish life than many of the prominent politicians of his era. He was the po(...)

Anti-abortion demonstration: Then senator Des Hanafin with anti-abortion demonstrators outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Former Fianna Fáil politician Des Hanafin who has died aged 86 had a profound influence on the shape of Ireland in the 1980s even though he never held(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May after talks at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Philip Toscano/Getty Images

Leo Varadkar has had a baptism of fire as Taoiseach, having to deal with a political crisis over a judicial appointment in his first week in the job a(...)

Máire Whelan, President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday during the  signing of  the warrant appointing Ms Whelan to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Karl Marx said history repeats itself the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. The most recent Irish instance of this principle is tha(...)

March 1990: West German chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, with  French president François Mitterand and the taoiseach, Charles Haughey,  at the EU summit in Dublin

Helmut Kohl never forgot the role taoiseach Charles Haughey played in helping to smooth the path of German unity during the Irish presidency of the Eu(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan SC, who was nominated by the Government this week for appointment as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Through much of the 20th century, there was an unwritten convention that an attorney general would have first refusal on senior judicial positions. Ma(...)

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil on Wednesday

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has challenged incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to adopt the approach of former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Albert Reynolds and (...)

Talks are due to resume on Monday in Stormont against the background of much political uncertainty at Westminster. There is a big onus on the Irish Government to get seriously engaged, from the new Taoiseach down and to start working with parties, both individually and in groups, to hammer out a way forward, in conjunction with any new Secretary of State. PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

In his campaign to be Fine Gael leader and presumptive Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said it was time for his party to re-engage with the North. The results(...)