Albert Reynolds

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Bertie Speak, Bord Snip Nua, Circling Shannon, Dubes - you know what these terms all mean, right? Ok, maybe not - in which case the answers are(...)

When then US president Bill Clinton (left) decided to issue a visa to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, then British prime minister John Major (right) would not speak to him and  “the British were incandescent with rage”,  former Irish diplomat Sean Donlon said.

Tim O’BrienBritish prime minister John Major refused to speak to US president Bill Clinton for weeks after the US granted a visa to Gerry Adams in 199(...)

Members of the Council of State at Áras an Uachtarain yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has signed into law the Government’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Áras an Uachtaráin confirmed the move in a (...)

President Michael D Higgins and the Council of State which is meeting today to advise him on whether he should refer the new abortion Bill to the Supreme Court.

The meeting of the Council of State convened by President Michael D Higgins to discuss the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has ended after m(...)

President Higgins: seven individuals on the council are chosen by the President

Final preparations were under way at Áras an Uachtaráin last night for the first meeting of the Council of State since President Michael D Higgins (...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney

Thousands of protesters were on the streets of Dublin, demonstrations were taking place at Irish embassies abroad, and newspapers around the world wer(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan were “
quick to hit back, insisting that international tax and accountancy rules were at the source of the problem rather than Ireland’s 12.5 per cent tax rate
”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The propensity of the Irish political system to tie itself up in knots over arcane or even trivial issues, while gliding over serious matters t(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on finance Dara Calleary condemned banks for calling in loans “in some cases at short notice” and pulling down viable businesses and the jobs in them. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tackling Ireland’s unemployment crisis requires the kind of focus and commitment Fianna Fáil gave to the peace process, the party’s ardfheis ha(...)

Former Fianna Fail leader Charles Haughey addresses a party Ard Fheis

The 73rd Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis begins tonight in the RDS in Dublin. The event has long been a highlight of the political year for a party that (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness and Pearse Doherty (left) after the leader’s address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis   in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend, were Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness conjuring at the back of their minds th(...)

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