Sinn Féin leaders at the first Dáil Éireann in 1919 include Éamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, William Cosgrave, Terence MacSwiney and Richard Mulcahy. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The revolution of 1916-1923 is usually presented in our history books as part of the physical-force tradition of Irish nationalism, but in reality it (...)

 British prime minister John Major  and taoiseach Albert Reynolds during a press conference in London in December 1993 following their joint declaration on the North. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by. Looking back I think about the leadership qualities of those involved who helped us get to the point (...)

Dr Conor Cruise O’Brien: minister in the 1973-1977 coalition government, an editor-in-chief of the ‘Observer’ in the 1980s and an elected unionist politician in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician, diplomat, journalist, historian, public intellectual and contrarian: the long life and many works of Conor Cruise O’Brien were discussed i(...)

File image of Conor Cruise O’Brien. In the Labour Party his views on the North caused huge dissension, but with the support of Brendan Corish he swung the party behind his policies.

Conor Cruise O’Brien, the centenary of whose birth occurs on November 3rd, was one of the most influential and courageous public figures to emerge in(...)

 Mick Jones (left), Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of punk  band The Clash performing in about 1980. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘This was a baptism of fire.” Paul Tipping is remembering his time as the entertainments officer of the students union in Trinity College Dublin in 1(...)

File image of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave looking onto the main square at Collins Barracks in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conor Cruise O’Brien told me a story about the time in 1956 when he was head of the United Nations section of the Department of External Affairs. The(...)

WT  Cosgrave, former President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, and his son  Liam Cosgrave (right) at the Phoenix Park races in 1960

Liam Cosgrave was an uncompromising and often controversial political figure. His record as taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 was mixed but he can be cr(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

The former home of the late cabinet minister and writer Conor Cruise O’Brien has been destroyed by fire. Three tenders from Dublin Fire Brigade were (...)

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