Professor Diarmuid Ferriter told the MacGill summer school that the abolition of the Seanad would be a grubby power-grab by the Government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Irish Republic remains dominated by centralised powers and “unaccountable elites”, UCD historian Diarmaid Ferriter has told the MacGill summer sch(...)

The highlight of the US president’s visit, Kennedy himself said, was a ceremony at Arbour Hill where 14 executed leaders of the 1916 Rising rested; this was as close to a political statement as he would make

In March 1963, US president John F Kennedy told the Irish ambassador in Washington, Thomas J Kiernan, that he was not going to play politics with the (...)

A model of the Garden of Remembrance, in Dublin’s Parnell Square, showing the proposed ‘Journey of Light’ memorial to victims of institutional abuse in Ireland

Planning permission has been granted for a memorial to survivors of institutional abuse at Dublin’s Garden of(...)

Mary and James McGee outside the High Court in 1972

The generation that takes Durex in the local Spar for granted may not know that 2013 is the 40th anniversary of a legal case that won them the (...)

Been there, done that: Ruairí Quinn suggests the Battle of Vinegar Hill would be a good event for Enniscorthy students to study; it was illustrated by George Cruickshank in 1854. Photograph: British Library/Robana/Getty

This is, arguably, a golden age for the study of Irish history. The digitising of sources like the 1901 and 1911 censuses and the Bureau of Mil(...)

“As late as 1989 there were more than 11,000 women in 128 religious congregations in Ireland. That suggests there is an enormous history awaiting research and analysis.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The recent comments of two nuns who belonged to a congregation involved in running Magdalene laundries, broadcast on RTÉ on condition that the (...)

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