Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar speaking at the Collins Griffith commemoration at Glasnavin Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government needs to focus on building a social recovery and politicians should develop a long-term vision for the country, Minister for Social Pro(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties: He said that the prospect of a future Border poll on the re-unification of Ireland should be included as part of the negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom on the Britain’s departure from the bloc. Photograph: North West Newspix

A wall is going up. Not coming down. This is not Berlin in 1989. The UK’s vote to leave the EU has led to fears of a new barrier between Northern Irel(...)

Tom Kettle, Irish Patriot, Essayist, Poet and British Soldier.

Thomas Michael Kettle (1880-1916) is a person of another time. His memory is shrouded in the fog of the Great War in which he lost his life, and of w(...)

President Micheal D. Higgins and his wife Sabina chat to Siptu Members, dressed as members of the Irish Citizen Army, at the Ceremonial event for the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly, Liberty Hall. Photograph: Maxwell

Many of the ideals of those involved in the Easter Rising remain unrealised 100 years later, President Michael D Higgins has said. The President was s(...)

Portrait of James Connolly by Mick O’Dea

At the heart of the 1916 rising was a Marxist revolutionary socialist, James Connolly. This inconvenient truth was largely hidden from the Irish popul(...)

Portrait of Edward Daly by Mick O’Dea

  Edward Daly Supported by his Uncle James, Edward “Ned” Daly was educated in Limerick before moving to Dublin, in 1913, to stay with his si(...)

Cork City after it was burnt in 1920 by the Black and Tans. “On the British side some form of military struggle was inevitable before Irish demands would be taken seriously.” National Photographic Archive (Hogan Wilson Images)

Critics of the Easter 1916 Rising, including Patsy McGarry (Rite & Reason, January 5th), condemn the wrong conflict. It was the the Civil War, not(...)

English politician and writer Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933) when chief secretary for Ireland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In October 1914 the writer George Russell (AE) wrote to his friend Charles Weekes, who had asked him why he was scared about Ireland: “I can hardly(...)

By 1915 picture houses in Dublin advertised special films about Chaplin in addition to their usual features and held competitions to find the best Chaplin imitator among audiences.

If John Maynard Keynes had been able to take time off from his treasury job in the autumn of 1915 to write a moment-defining prequel to his famous tre(...)

Eamon Ceannt in 1916
Plans for a rising: Setting a date

By the autumn of 1915 Ireland appeared to be a haven of tranquillity in a continent tearing itself apart through war. Her economy boomed as Irish f(...)

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