Dermot Ryan

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Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

The FSU estimates that banks in Ireland have eliminated 26,000 jobs in a decade of unprecedented restructuring. File photograph: Getty Images

The Financial Services Union’s (FSU) general secretary Dermot Ryan has quit after only six months in the job. Mr Ryan succeeded the union’s long-sta(...)

In July last year, AIB abandoned plans to offshore additional IT functions to Wipro.

AIB has decided to move 100 outsourced information technology (IT) roles back inhouse, joining a growing number of large companies globally that are c(...)

Michael Palin will talk about his new book Erebus: The Story of a Ship. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Writer and broadcaster Michael Palin will be among the participants in the Dublin Festival of History this autumn. The former Monty Python star has (...)

Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh

AIB and Bank of Ireland have emerged from the wreckage of the Republic’s financial system a decade ago with a near-dominant position in the market. Wi(...)

Michael McGrath: he said the Central Bank was still allowing some lenders to “treat their existing customers in a very unfair manner”

The Central Bank’s report into the behaviour and culture of the Irish retail banks is “quite abstract”, and the focus must now be on practical measure(...)

Then president Éamon de Valera and  Sean Lemass attending the Michael Collins memorial mass in The Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Dublin on June 23rd, 1969. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times

The Lemass tapes, which were recently made public by The Irish Times, were intended to be the former taoiseach’s authorised biography, it has emerged.(...)

Then taoiseach Seán Lemass with president Éamon de Valera, Dr Thomas Morris and Cardinal Dalton (left). Photograph: Gordon Standing/The Irish Times

Seán Lemass told his son-in-law Charles Haughey that he would be a “fool” if he took a position equivalent to today’s minister of state post. Shortl(...)

Members of the old IRA fire volleys at the funeral, in September 1938, of Edward Keegan, an Irish Volunteer who was dismissed from the advertising department of ‘The Irish Times’ for going to fight in the Easter Rising. The paper has bought his 1916 medal to put on permanent display in the foyer. Photograph courtesy of his granddaughter Joan Pinhorn

The IRA, which carried out a series of bombing attacks in England before the opening of the second World War, had been infiltrated by “ultra-conservat(...)

From left, Jack Lynch, minister for industry and commerce, Terence O’Neill, prime minister of Northern Ireland, Frank Aiken, minister for external affairs, and taoiseach Seán Lemass at Iveagh House, Dublin, in February 1965. Photograph: Joe Clarke

Ever the pragmatist, Seán Lemass had no objections when the prime minister of Northern Ireland, Terence O’Neill, invited him to travel to a snowy Belf(...)

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