Women queuing to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 general election. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“The political wiseacres are busy prophesying a General Election before Xmas. It will mean an anxious time for the party politicians of every school, (...)

Kate L Ryan: “Both these women’s movements, with their belief in equality and autonomy, fought until the issues they held dear could no longer be ignored.”

It was a Saturday in December 1918 when Irish women voted for the first time in a general election. It was nine months after they had been given the r(...)

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage at Leinster House in January 2018 were (back row, from left): Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle, Alice Mary Higgins, Catherine Martin, Fiona O’Loughlin, Ivana Bacik, Denis O’Donovan, Cathaoirleach, and Senator Gabrielle McFadden; (front row, from left): Meg O’Brien, Megan O’Malley and Evelyn O’Keeffe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This year marks the centenary of the passing of the 1918 Act which provided Irish women with the right to vote for the first time. Legislation passed (...)

Éamon de Valera with members of his cabinet in December 1937 during the inauguration of the new Constitution, which further defined women’s place as in the home. Photograph: Hulton Archive

In December 1918, two women, Countess Constance Markievicz and Winifred Carney, ran for election on the island of Ireland and one, Markievicz, was ele(...)

Constance Markievicz as a captain in the Irish Citizen Army.

When Constance Markievicz – from a cell in London’s Holloway Prison – was nominated to stand as Sinn Féin’s candidate for Dublin’s St Patrick’s Ward i(...)

Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

Dáil Éireann: The First 100 Years, 1919-2019 Tuesday, December 11th; Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin; €20/€10 The Houses of the Oireachtas (...)

Sinn Fein leaders at the First Dáil Eireann.  Left to right (front row) L Ginnell, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, Eamon de Valera, Count Eoin MacNeill, William Cosgrave and Ernest Blythe. Second row:  P Maloney, Terence MacSwiney, Richard Mulcahy, J O’Doherty, J O’Mahony, J Dolan, J McGuinness, P O’Keefe, Michael Staines, McGrath, Dr B Cussak, L De Roiste, W Colivet and the Reverend Father Michael O’Flanagan. Third row:  P War, A McCabe, D Fitzgerald,Jj Sweeney, Dr Hayes, C Collins, P O’Maillie, J O’Mara, B O’Higgins, J Burke and Kevin O’Higgins. Fourth row: J McDonagh, J McEntee. Fifth row: P Beasely, E Daston, P Galligan. Sixth row: P Shanahan, S Etchingham. Photograph: Hulton Archive

This week marks the centenary of the election of the First Dáil, one of the most significant events in Irish history and one which the citizens of thi(...)

Kathleen Lynn was born on January 28th, 1874, in Mullafarry, near Cong in Co Mayo, the second oldest of three daughters and one son of Robert Lynn, Ch(...)

Image courtesy of the National Print Museum

A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Eric Hobsbawm, the late eminent left-wing historian, and took the opportunity to ask him what he belie(...)

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