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Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the presidency. The next year he paid the same again, while he had paid none at all in 10 of the previous 15 years – largely because he has consistently reported losing hundreds of millions of dollars more than he made. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/ EPA

The picture emerging from the New York Times’s leak of President Trump’s tax filings appears to be of a businessman who defies the laws of economic gr(...)

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 (...)

Charlie Haughey arrived in Paris in 1987 to celebrate Stephen Roche’s Tour de France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It has been a shambolic week for poor old Ireland. In addition to lurching from calamity to travesty over a golf game, the Government has managed to d(...)

A midlands meat plant. It has been clear almost from the start of the coronavirus crisis here that meat plants are a major hazard. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Imagine how bad things would have to get for TDs to be recalled from their holidays. There would probably need to be some terrible freak event such as(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Patrick PJ Sheehan.

Former Fine Gael TD Patrick “PJ” Sheehan, who was involved in politics for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 87, a week after the death of hi(...)

Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

Civil War politics began in the surroundings of what is now the National Concert Hall in Earlsfort Terrace and has ended 98 years later at the Convent(...)

Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Huge crowds would regularly turn out to watch the seven-a-side tournaments at the Gloucester Diamond with residents watching from the windows. Photograph: North Inner City Folklore Project

There’s a photograph of a woman looking out of her window at a quiet Foley Street below. All around her are boarded up windows. The buildings up and d(...)

Larry Dunne (centre), picture on March 12th, 1985, being led into the Central Criminal Court.  Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Heroin dealer Larry Dunne, who died in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, on Monday, was one of the most notorious Irish criminals from the era be(...)

THE GREEN PARTY MAY BE ENTERING GOVERNMENT WITH TWO PARTNERS, WHO HAPPEN TO BE FIERCE POLITICAL RIVALS. THIS NOVEL PARTNERSHIP COULD TAKE SOME GETT(...)

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