Bertie Ahern

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Carmel McDonnell Byrne at the Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support offices in Dublin city centre ahead of her retirement on May 30th. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

For years Carmel McDonnell Byrne was the woman behind Christine Buckley, a quiet figure who has fought many battles over 20 years in the cause of thos(...)

The Sport Ireland Institute’s High Performance Unit. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Sport is about dreaming. Bertie Ahern understood that. Looking back now his dream of the “Bertie Bowl” was almost given life, but instead became a sym(...)

Fine Gael European election candidate Maria Walsh dancing with party leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Away from the bright sunlight, deep in the gloomy windowless interior of Loughrea Mart, we pass the cattle and sheep rings and arrive at an ante-room.(...)

President Michael D Higgins, his wife, Sabina, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales at Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Himself and Herself are over again. At this rate, Charles and Camilla will have those precious Irish passports in the bag before Brexit gets a chanc(...)

 Fran Ryder, Bobby Doyle (right), Kevin Moran (behind) and other members of the 1970s Dublin team carry the coffin of their former team-mate Anton O’Toole into the Mount Argus church in Kimmage. Photograph: James Forde

The coffin of Dublin GAA star Anton O’Toole was hauled to church on the shoulders of five separate football teams, the mark of a man whose sporting gr(...)

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

On May 20th, 2009, the Commission into Child Abuse published its shattering 2,600-page report. It investigated 215 residential institutions for chi(...)

Property developer Sean Dunne asked Bertie Ahern to become a director of a new US business he was setting up in 2010, according to an email presented (...)

Seamus Mallon in 1998, when he was deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon was at the heart of the Social Democratic and Labour Party for three d(...)

Dromoland Castle, Co Clare: The five-star hotel was included in a recent security sweep by Irish and US officials. Photograph: Rhona Cashman

The manager of the Co Clare hotel being considered for a possible meeting between the Taoiseach and Donald Trump next month said that officials prepar(...)

Sean Dunne at the US  federal courthouse in New Haven, Connecticut:  testified he considered Paul Gallagher and Charlie McCreevy to be personal friends. Photograph: Douglas Healey

Bankrupt property developer Sean Dunne’s alleged political connections led him to seek assistance from former taoiseach Bertie Ahern in selling a Sout(...)

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