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From 2007 (from the left): then first minister Ian Paisley, deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, Britain’s prime minister Tony Blair and taoiseach Bertie Ahern inside the main hall of Stormont Assembly in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/Pool/PA Wire

Tony Blair told Martin McGuinness that the British were partially responsible for the conditions that led to the Troubles, a new documentary states. (...)

Irish emigrants embarking for America at Waterloo Docks, Liverpool, in 1850. Photograph: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

The extent of British government discomfort at commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine is revealed in previously confidential files re(...)

Referee Joe McQuillan sends off Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly during the 2015 All-Ireland  semi-final against Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the nine years since Dublin and Mayo have established the defining modern All-Ireland rivalry, the eight matches have been closely contested with t(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin  at the EU summit in Brussels on Friday. Photograph:AFP via Getty Image

The familiar rituals of the season: Christmas trees were going up all over Europe and Brexit returned to dominate the political agenda in Dublin, Lond(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU Commission, had their dinner in Brussels last night as talks drag on. Photograph: Aaron Chown

Deal or No-Deal The way things are going in Brexit negotiations it would be no great surprise to see Noel Edmonds rock up to 10 Downing Street on Sun(...)

Séamus Woulfe: While the Government maintains his appointment was never a done deal,  comments from former office holders maintain this is “not credible”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Imagine, within days of taking up a new job at the head of a busy bureaucracy, you are given a list of more than 50 names and told to choose one to be(...)

Labour has had a Bill outlawing so-called “revenge porn” before the Oireachtas since 2017, going nowhere. Now, it’s suddenly urgent and the Government is promising action. File photograph: iStock

Knock knock again. Who’s there this time? The inspector. The inspector who? The inspector who has come to ensure you are taking your statutory breaks,(...)

Christmas decorations at the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An immovable objectionable and an unstoppable force of argument dominated talk around Leinster House this week. Donald Trump losing the plot and refu(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern whose father Con died in 1990. File image: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s father was turned down for a military pension despite claiming to have risked his life on a nightly basis to carry des(...)

Jack Charlton took Ireland to Euro 88 and the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. Photo: Simon Bruty/Allsport

You may think there is nothing more that needs to be said about Jack Charlton given all the tributes, stories and retrospectives that followed his dea(...)

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