Charles Haughey

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Seamus Mallon and Charles Haughey during the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in the RDS, Dublin, in November 1995. Photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Haughey never spoke to Seamus Mallon again after the SDLP deputy leader came out strongly in support of the Anglo- Irish Agreement negotiated (...)

Former US president Bill Clinton stands next to Seamus Mallon along with former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble and one time British prime minister Tony Blair in September 1998. Photograph: Paul/Faith/Pacemaker Press

I first met Seamus Mallon in the late ’70s in London, where he had come to lobby the Labour Party, at that time dependent for its House of Commons maj(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has already come under attack from Fine Gael ahead of a general election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The ball may not have been thrown in yet, but the players are already jostling and digging each other in the middle of the field. Even now some of the(...)

- Michelle Mulcahy, Stephen Rea, Aoife Scott and Louise Mulcahy, some of the Artists involved in TradFest2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Actor Stephen Rea has said the unification of Ireland is “inevitable” and that conversations about its constitutional future will continue . “There a(...)

Brian Lenihan, Charles Haughey and Michael O’Kennedy at a press conference following a Haughey-Margaret Thatcher summit meeting in Dublin in December 1980. File photograph: Tom Lawlor

The latest release of official documents under the 30-year rule contains some fascinating information about what went on behind the scenes in governme(...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher with taoiseach Charles Haughey on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London, in May 1980. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

It was not a high-profile year in Anglo-Irish relations. Everything seemed becalmed in 1989. Yet Charles Haughey was constantly being asked questions (...)

Hands Across the Divide sculpture in Derry: the involvement of unionists in a unity debate, while desirable, cannot be a precondition. Photograph: Getty

Leo Varadkar has done nobody any favours with his latest pronouncements on a united Ireland. Responding to Sinn Féin and Labour questions in the Dáil(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald giving her keynote speech during her party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Northern command of Sinn Féin, so to speak, was in good shape at the weekend, even if their comrades south of the Border weren’t quite so confiden(...)

Gay Byrne in 1979: He was everybody and no one. File photograph: Eddie Kelly

In September 1993, I went on Gay Byrne’s Late Late Show. I had been writing in The Irish Times about Stay Safe, a schools programme designed to give c(...)

A watch tower of East German border soldiers at the Berlin Wall memorial on Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany. On November 9th Germany will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall  in 1989. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

"German unity at state level is completed. The unity of the Germans …was not completed on October 3rd 1990, nor is it to this day". Chancellor Angela (...)

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