Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

The Chuckle Brothers: the late, former first minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley with the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, smiling after being sworn in to the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont, in May 2007. Photograph: Paul Faith/Pool/PA Wire

“Stormont ceremony marks end of Northern Ireland conflict”. This definitive headline topped the front page of The Irish Times 10 years ago today, on T(...)

The new headquarters  of the Office of Public Works in Trim: an architectural representation of the Tara Brooch

Even as Dublin office rents reportedly hit highs of €590-€645/sq m (€55-€60/sq ft), the Office of Public Works has managed to keep its average payment(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen launching the book by Deaglan de Bréadun in Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new book of reminiscences by former The Irish Times journalist Deaglán de Bréadún has been launched by former taoiseach Brian Cowen, who praised the(...)

Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway gears up for Cúirt 2016 Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda (...)

Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

Bertie  Ahern has said the most interesting line from the assessment into the status of paramilitaries was that the IRA army council retained a leadership function in Sinn Féin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that Sinn Féin is still being influenced and led by the IRA army council. Mr Ahern said the most interesting l(...)

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell: like Collins in 1921 and de Valera in 1926, Sinn Féin has ’crossed the line and they said they are going to pursue democratic politics and seek a democratic mandate’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Progressive Democrats tánaiste and attorney general Michael McDowell has compared Sinn Féin’s transition into democratic politics to the acc(...)

Former Irish Times bridge correspondent George Ryan at a book signing. Photograph: Kevin McMahon, Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway

‘Can I have a quiet word?” Bookseller Des Kenny’s heart sank as he knew he had no money on him when he was approached at work one Saturday morning by (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We are sadly familiar with the phenomenon by now. People who seem to have everything going for them suddenly turn around and bring their lives to an e(...)

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