Bertie Ahern

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British prime minister David Cameron said the Belfast Agreement ’represented a massive step forward from what has gone before, a clear manifestation that politics and democracy would triumph over violence’. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Belfast Agreement did not provide a template for either establishing stable devolution or moving Northern Ireland forward, the First Minist(...)

 John Hume ponders the options during final deliberations on the Belfast Agreement

Even after a lapse of 15 years, the drama, tension and excitement of the days leading up to the Belfast Agreement remain vivid memories to all (...)

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as Ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, in May  2007.  Photograph:  Paul Faith

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness emerged dissatisfied from Downing Street following his most recent visit. He described the meeting he and Peter R(...)

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern moments after formally opening Dublin Airport's new Pier D boarding gate facility this morning, Today 12th November, 2007. Construction was on time and on budget. Dublin Airport, Dublin.

The Department of the Taoiseach incurred costs of more than €22,000 for the use of VIP facilities at Dublin Airport by former (...)

Bertie Ahern: annual subsistence money will plummet from €150,163 to €142,655. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Everyone is feeling the pain. It’s tough out there for former taoisigh, struggling to exist on their pensions. Bertie Ahern is trying as(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulates Helen McEntee, alongside her mother Kathleen, sister Sally and brother Vincent (directly behind Helen) on being elected as a TD in the Meath East byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The fallout from the Meath East byelection could turn out to be more important than the actual result, if the initial shock in the Labour Party(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dublin and Guadalajara will become technology twins under plans revealed by Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí yesterday. He was in Guadalajara br(...)

SDLP leader John Hume taking a break during final deliberations of the Belfast Agreement in April, 1998

Simon Carswell, Washington Correspondent Northern Ireland still requires “urgent work” and faces “more tests to come”, US president Barac(...)

Labour Candidate Eoin Holmes canvassing at Rathoath, Co Meath, last Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

If the voters of Meath East think they’ve had it bad over the last three weeks – assailed from all angles by people with sympathetic faces and (...)

Des Richardson: said the tribunal findings were “wholly erroneous” on the basis he was never asked during examination by tribunal counsel to account for the origin of funds in an account known as the Roevin account. Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne said she accepted there was a mistake in the tribunal findings relating to him, but it was up to the tribunal, not the court, to correct that. Photograph: Eric Luke

Businessman and former Fianna Fáil fundraiser Des Richardson has lost his High Court challenge to certain findings of the Mahon tribunal relat(...)

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