Bertie Ahern

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The horror unleashed on the people of Omagh and unsuspecting visitors by a Real IRA car bomb some 20 years ago reverberates to this day and carries me(...)

Schedule star: Amy Huberman on the set of her RTÉ / Treasure Entertainment comedy ‘Finding Joy’

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is set to return to the public eye on RTÉ screens over the coming year when he traces his family roots on genealogy seri(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern:  “It’s feeding badly into the political system in the South, the political system in the North, and it’s poisoning the system in the North. There’s no winners in this, everyone is a loser.” File photograph: RollingNews.ie

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described as “depressing and disappointing” the ongoing impasse in Northern Irish politics which has prevented progr(...)

 Bertie Ahern speaks to Parish Priest Fr Liam Ó Cuív at St Brigid’s Church in Killester.  The former taoiseach was among mourners at the funeral of former Secretary to the Department of Finance Sean Cromien. Photograph: The Irish Times

The former Secretary to the Department of Finance Sean Cromien was described at his funeral as a very “ordinary” man from a humble background who rose(...)

Former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern. He  told Cardinal  Sodano “on no account could I give such an undertaking and that it was a matter that would have to be decided by the government anyhow”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern says a senior Vatican official sought an agreement in 2004 under which Ireland would indemnify the Ca(...)

November 2004: Pope John Paul II meets former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern, in his private library at the Vatican.  Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/AP Photo

The year 2004 was a significant one in the long, tortured annals of the clerical child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland. Particularly significant was the (...)

What we’ve ended up with after 16 years is a tendering process in which there is just a single bidder which has no experience at all of building this kind of infrastructure. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

Fans of the Game of Thrones novels will understand my plight. They have been waiting year after year since 2011 for George RR Martin to publish t(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

With Galway International Arts Festival safely (and, by most accounts, successfully) packed away for another year, the stage is set for the summer’s l(...)

MacGill Summer School’s founder and director Joe Mulholland plans to recruit a young researcher to help him recruit a wider variety of speakers. Photograph: Eric Luke

A joke has been doing the rounds in recent weeks that across the country prominent women were afraid to answer the phone in case it was the organiser (...)

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