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Peter McVerry photographed by Nick Bradshaw

Fr Peter McVerry arrives for our interview exactly on time, with his Jack Russell, Jack, in tow, and immediately apologises for being late. I tell hi(...)

Dame Street Italian restaurant Nicos is set to close next month. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

One of the oldest and most traditional Italian restaurants in Ireland will close its doors for the last time next month with its owner of more than 40(...)

“We’re hearing some snippy commentary  that the majority of the Take Back the City protestors are young and middle class.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In late 1969, a group of students occupied 45 St Stephen’s Green, then a Georgian building in a poor state of repair. Such was the novelty of this at (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and former British prime minister David Cameron looking at a Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 at the British Museum, London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA

The demise of the Volkswagen Beetle reminds me of something I heard a while back from a man who had grown up in a Midlands dealership for that and oth(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

In Scotland they have the intelligence to allow hand-diving for scallops. Photograph: Getty

A year ago I wrote a column on hand-dived Irish scallops in this magazine, arguing that not only is it illegal to dive for them, it is also not possib(...)

Charles Haughey speaking to a press conference at Leinster House after his election as Fianna Fáil leader.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The election of Charlie Haughey as leader of Fianna Fáil and taoiseach in 1979 prompted fears amongst British diplomats that they were in for a “rough(...)

Newly elected UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher on a visit to Girdwood barracks in Belfast, 1979

Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher complained at the height of the Troubles that the IRA saw the Republic as a safe haven and that the Garda w(...)

Mary Robinson at her inauguration as president at Dublin Castle in December 1990.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Mary Robinson “behaved for all the world like a queen” at a state reception after her inauguration as president in 1990, prompting a Fianna Fáil TD to(...)

Peter Carrington: he served as secretary general of Nato from 1984 to 1988.  Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty

Lord Peter Carrington Born: June 6th, 1919 Died: July 9th, 2018 Peter Carrington, who has died aged 99, was the last surviving member of Sir Winsto(...)

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