Bertie Ahern

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Peter Flanagan: ‘As an immigrant here, the regular task of having to explain the geography of their own country to British people while simultaneously trying to sound like a grateful, 'good' immigrant is getting exhausting.’

When former taoiseach Bertie Ahern was asked by a House of Commons committee how Irish people feel about the suggestion that they leave the EU and “re(...)

Dublin is in line for a boom in financial services as a result of Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Irish bankers will be delighted with the promises being made of a jobs boom in the financial sector in the wake of Brexit. As we (potentially) near th(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern giving evidence to the Exiting the European Union Committee in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: PA

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has told a House of Commons select committee that suggestions the Republic of Ireland “re-join” the UK, leave the Europe(...)

The cafe at the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre

Longing to open your own cafe? Do you have a good business head and a head for heights at the same time? If so, an opportunity to run a clif(...)

Labour  TD Alan Kelly and Labour Leader Brendan Howlin:  “There’s a vast crater in St James’s and, having dug themselves into this hole, the Government seems to have no choice but to keep digging and try to find a way out.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Deep below Merrion Street, in the bowels of Government Buildings, is a top secret laboratory. It is entered via a concealed opening in rat-infested s(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar listens as a tour guide explains the artwork in the all-male St Mary’s Monastery in Axum, Ethiopia. Photograph: Harry McGee

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended his visit to an Ethiopian monastery which does not allow access to women by saying it was appropriate to respect t(...)

The back wall of the Magdalene laundry on Gloucester Street in Dublin, which closed in 1996. The remaining structure was demolished last year. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

This year, politicians must do what is right by survivors and family members of deceased victims of all forms of so-called historical abuse in Ireland(...)

Leo Varadkar: Health and housing are the running public policy sores for the Government.   Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

At the beginning of the year, the prospects for the Government surviving the year seemed slim. After the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald, relations(...)

 Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘The decision to downgrade history in our secondary schools and to make it a non-compulsory subject [at Junior Cert level] was short-sighted and quite frankly ill-considered.’ File photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has suggested British children should be compulsorily taught Irish history to combat the “sheer ignorance” in the UK exp(...)

Lisbon treaty posters in Dorset Street, Dublin in 2008: initial objections centred on neutrality. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Reports from London and Brussels suggest that the British government will seek guarantees or declarations about the future of the backstop. There ar(...)

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