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Michael Collins Commemoration takes place on August 21st at the monument near Crookstown in Mid-Cork, erected to mark the spot where Collins was killed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar have accepted invitations to jointly address this year’s annual Michael Collins commemoration at Bé(...)

 Michael O’Kennedy outside the Dáil in 2000. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Born: February 21st, 1936 Died: April 15th, 2022 Michael O’Kennedy, who has died aged 86, enjoyed a lengthy political career which included stints as(...)

The Christmas lights in Grafton Street in Dublin.  Next plc takes on ‘dramatically’ fewer seasonal staff in high street stores than it did in my day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There are certain Christmas songs which will always take me back to the clothes shop in Dublin where I worked in my university holidays. The four wint(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien has criticised Facebook for its tax practices and claims the social media giant  ‘facilitates anarchy’. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has become Facebook’s “launderette for the biggest tax avoidance scheme in the world,” businessman Denis O’Brien has claimed. The relationshi(...)

 Taoiseach Brian Cowen  leaving Government Buildings in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brian Cowen and I are friends. Through much of his political life I was also his private counsel, so any analysis I might offer of his career in publi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Budgets are meant to be drab, boring affairs in which incremental tax changes are laid out alongside modest spending plans.

If you think of the dramatic budgets of the past – Charlie McCreevy’s decentralisation fiasco of 2003, Brian Cowen’s unsustainable giveaway in 2007, B(...)

Fintan O’Toole (centre) as a boy

'There has been no straight flight path from the poor and benighted Ireland of the 1950s to... shiny modernity': Fintan O'Toole looks at the story&(...)

Within two years of his election to the Dáil, Albert Reynolds was appointed to cabinet under Charles Haughey

Showman and dealmaker defied detractors when he brokered peace in North It was a Sunday sometime in the late 1960s. My father and I were trundli(...)

Des O’Malley on the plinth at Leinster House before his retirement from politics. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Born: February 2nd, 1939 Died: July 21st, 2021 Desmond (Des or Dessie) O’Malley, who was sometimes called “the best taoiseach the country never had’’(...)

Ten years ago poet and Fianna Fáil supporter Thomas McCarthy said the party was ‘not a political philosophy, as such’ but rather the combination of men, and it was largely men, of ‘certain social origins and frustrated private hopes’.

Ten years ago, just before Fianna Fáil’s decimation in the 2011 general election, poet Thomas McCarthy reflected in a column on the way in which Fiann(...)

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