Brendan Corish

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File image of Conor Cruise O’Brien. In the Labour Party his views on the North caused huge dissension, but with the support of Brendan Corish he swung the party behind his policies.

Conor Cruise O’Brien, the centenary of whose birth occurs on November 3rd, was one of the most influential and courageous public figures to emerge in(...)

Liam Cosgrave was a politician of personal integrity and steely resolve who as taoiseach in the 1970s ensured that the institutions of the State survi(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave as he donated his father’s papers to the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

WT  Cosgrave, former President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, and his son  Liam Cosgrave (right) at the Phoenix Park races in 1960

Liam Cosgrave was an uncompromising and often controversial political figure. His record as taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 was mixed but he can be cr(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar at the launch of his policy document in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

At the age of 12, in 1969, I accompanied my parents to the retirement dinner for John A Costello, as my father Garret had, that summer, succeeded him (...)

“He said that the then minister had the choice of either terrifying mothers who might or might not have taken the drug - or not terrifying them , when one or two mothers might indeed take the drug and bring into the world a deformed child.”

Every so often in journalism, you get a real sense of what Charlie Chaplin tried to portray in his film ‘Modern Times’: the struggle of the individual(...)

Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlinsays the new government may not survive more than a few months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour party leader Brendan Howlin says the new government may not survive more than a few months and will not last for more than a year. “It is intr(...)

Prince of Labour  Brendan Howlin: If it wasn’t for Michael D  he’d have  the poshest speaking voice in Labour. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There was a full house in the old library for Howlin’s soliloquy. “Labour doesn’t involve itself in theatrics,” declaimed the Prince of Labour after a(...)

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