Ivana Bacik
What Mandela meant to me
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  • December 6, 2013, 13:50

Ivana Bacik Senator and academicI think Nelson Mandela has had an immense impact on the world. He has been a shining example of the power of forgivene(...)

Rifle range: National Volunteers practise in Dublin in 1914. Photograph: Central Press/Getty
The men who began the revolution

In their coverage of the launch of the Irish Volunteers organisation, in Dublin on November 25th, 1913, newspapers provided much detail about what tra(...)

Ruby Wax, who holds a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford, is due to be interviewed by playwright John Breen on November 17th in Westport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Comedian Ruby Wax, historian Prof Diarmaid Ferriter, writer Gerry Stembridge and poet Geraldine Mitchell are among participants lined up for this yea(...)

Eoin MacNeill said in 1914: ‘I have been absolutely forced to the front in this Volunteer movement.’

One hundred years ago today, Eoin MacNeill, professor of early and medieval history at UCD and one of the leading lights of the Irish language revival(...)

 Illustration: Paul Scott

In April 1957 an Irish-American commentator, John V Kelleher, wrote a provocative article for the influential journal Foreign Affairs, under the title(...)

Taoiseach Seán Lemass with President de Valera in 1969. De Valera had been anxious to ensure the long-term dominance of Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Does history suggest that a referendum defeat suffered by a government knocks it off course, or has it been the case that, after the wounds were nurse(...)

Fine Gael director of elections  Richard Bruton (left),  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter take part in a photocall calling for a Yes vote in the referendums. Photograph: PA

2011: Fine Gael election manifesto promises to call a referendum to abolish the Seanad.April 11th, 2013: Former tánaiste and attorney general Michael (...)

Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, senator Feargal Quinn and senator Katherine Zappone at the Davenport Hotel, Dublin yesterday.

A win for the No side in Friday’s referendum would provide “a resounding mandate for reform of Seanad Éireann”, senator Katherine Zappone has told (...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey, right, with artist Pat Liddy  and US ambassador Margaret Heckler in 1988. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

As evidenced by the diplomatic cables from Ireland to the US state department in 1989, obtained by Gavin Sheridan under the US Freedom of Information (...)

Rescuing the Republic

There is a rigidity and conformity in Irish society that resists change and the creation of intellectual freedom. An octopus-like control stifles deve(...)

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