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Ernest Blythe: cut the old-age pension by a shilling a week in his 1924 budget

One of the most “unlucky deeds” ever carried out by a minister for finance was when Ernest Blythe cut the old-age pension by one shilling per week in (...)

A selection of the books at Oliver Usher’s auction.

The contents from the former home of the late Jim and Miriam O’Donnell, who lived over their business, Days Bazaar on Oliver Plunkett Street in Mullin(...)

NUI Galway Professor Alan Ahearne is to join Taoieach Micheál Martin’s team as economic adviser.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Green leader Eamon Ryan have made senior appointments to their Government Buildings teams, bringing back two staff with t(...)

Ireland’s Andy Townsend, Kevin Sheedy (centre) and Steve Staunton after Sheedy’s equalising goal against England. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Sardinia – in Italy on Monday 11th June? What I had imagined would be a hot, balmy evening started to rain, not the explosive falls you sometimes get (...)

Ana Axinte selling plants from her stall at the Airfield Farmers’ Market. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another day, another small step back towards normal. While outdoor markets were given the green light to restart trading as of last Monday, many waite(...)

Taxpayers committed €29.3 billion to Anglo Irish Bank by the end of 2010.

Former shareholders in Anglo Irish Bank are not due any compensation from the State as a result of the nationalisation of the now-defunct lender 11 ye(...)

The Irish Times Debate 2020: Team champions Aislinn Carty and Eoghan Quinn of TCD Phil and individual winner Rachael Mullally of UCD Law. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Trinity College Dublin students Eoghan Quinn and Aislinn Carty were crowned team champions of the 60th Irish Times Debate competition at the event’s g(...)

The Irish Times debate semi-final at UCD in 1966.

It was January 1960. Seán Lemass had recently taken over from de Valera. The arrival of television was just around the corner. The Catholic Church’s v(...)

Supreme Court judge John McMenamin. File photograph: Collins

Supreme Court judge John McMenamin has called for legislation changing the eligibility limits for legal aid to be examined. Delivering the annual Bri(...)

The deliberations of the People’s Front of Judea in Life of Brian. An irritated Reg has to concede that the Romans  in fact gave the Judeans aqueducts, sanitation, roads, irrigation, medicine, education, wine, public baths and law and order

As the European Union waves goodbye to Britain when it exits the bloc on Friday night, let us reflect on what the concept of Britishness means on this(...)

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