David Donoghue

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A note from Peter Bell to  Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam in 1997 outlines concerns over the Anglo-Irish Secretariat Christmas party. File photograph: Frank Miller

British and Irish officials organising the annual Anglo-Irish Secretariat Christmas party in December 1997 had to contend with a threat from the Loyal(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (L) with Martin McGuinness at the King’s Hall in Belfast on May 23rd, 1998. File photograph: Max Nash/AP Photo

A senior Irish diplomat told British officials that Sinn Féin’s leadership might not be able to bring all republican militants together with party lea(...)

Taoiseach John Bruton speaks at a Fine Gael dinner in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, in April 1997. File photograph: David Sleator

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) voiced its “pleasure” in March 1997 at the tone of recent speeches made by taoiseach John Bruton, this year’s newly (...)

Future engineers and transition-year students try assembling a Siemens green power car in DCU’s engineering labs as part of the Steps programme which is being hosted at the university during Engineers Week 2020.

The Irish education system needs to generate many more engineers armed with skills needed to meet the global climate-change challenge and to build a s(...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher sometimes reacted in a ‘petulant and dismissive way’ when officials tried to engage her on Northern Ireland affairs. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Margaret Thatcher “switches off” when Northern Ireland comes up during discussions with her officials in Downing Street, an Irish diplomat reported ba(...)

DUP leader Ian Paisley, accompanied by deputy leader Peter Robinson (left), speaks to the media afer a meeting with members of the Irish government at Government Buildings, Dublin, in November 2005. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley “vigorously” backed the benefits of membership of the then European Economic Community and advocate(...)

Young girls from Mount Carmel Girls Secondary School at the Famine Memorial statues on Custom House Quay, Dublin, Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Yemi has three children, aged six, four and three. All were born in direct provision. “In the beginning they said people would live in direct provisi(...)

David Donoghue (right) with his good friend Peter “Rocky” Donnelly.

Peter “Rocky” Donnelly, the homeless man who was stabbed to death in O’Connell Street on Tuesday, spoke publicly in the past about his addictions. M(...)

 Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness (right) at the funeral of Patrick Kelly. Photograph:  PA Wire

Martin McGuinness personally planned the firing of a volley of shots over the coffin of an IRA man within church grounds, in what became one of the mo(...)

Official agricultural policy involves rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland can be proud of its leading role, managed by our then ambassador, David Donoghue, in persuading the United Nations to adopt an ambitious progr(...)

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