Dick Spring

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Attendees record the final sales tally at an event at Alibaba’s headquarters marking Singles Day. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Image of the week: Alibaba Day Alibaba’s annual Singles Day sales extravaganza/mass-scale marketing wheeze remains one of the more intriguing ecommer(...)

Charles goes, 'this Saturday’s match against the world famous All Blacks is, I think, an opportune moment to correct, once and forever, a grave, historical, sporting injustice'.

The old man asks me what I’m doing on Thursday night. He goes, “I’m having a bit of a soirée, Kicker! I’ve booked the famous Stephen’s Green Hibernian(...)

 Ian Paisley and  James Molyneaux in Derry: Molyneaux, a diffident and taciturn figure, was ultimately not able or not willing to hold a direct meeting with Haughey. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Taoiseach Charles Haughey made repeated efforts to set up a meeting with the unionist leader James Molyneaux during 1988 without success. The two mai(...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators outside Leinster House in 1983. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The referendum’s outcome brings to a close a 35-year political war that convulsed Irish politics in a succession of bitter controversies and referendu(...)

The conference will be opened by former tánaiste Dick Spring. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former tánaiste Dick Spring will open an All-Ireland conference for retired and semi-retired people in Tralee, Co Kerry, later this month. Some 700 d(...)

Deputy leader of the Labour Party  Barry Desmond (right) with party leader  Dick Spring, in 1987. Mr Desmond, who represented Dún Laoghaire, recalls being denounced by priests from the altar. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1(...)

Ian Paisley was reportedly left cowering in a car as he waited for a burger and diet coke outside a  takeaway in Slane, Co Meath. Photograph: PA Wire

Ian Paisley was left cowering in a car as he waited for a burger and diet coke outside a Co Meath takeaway on a rare trip across the Border, 1987 stat(...)

Dom Richard Purcell, former abbot of Cistercian College Roscrea, and former taoiseach Enda Kenny with the CSR school choir in 2011. Photograph: Frank Miller

Earlier this year student numbers at renowned boarding school Cistercian College, Roscrea were reported to be down by 45 per cent in a decade. Just ni(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, chaired by Senator Catherine Noone, has formally recommended that Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution should be removed to allow for abortion up to 12 weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The decisive recommendation of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has brought clarity to the kind of proposition the people will be aske(...)

Eamon Gilmore, who was minister for foreign affairs from 2011 to 2014: “In something like this you have to be pretty well focused singularly on it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A general election during Brexit talks about the future of the Border would deeply damage Ireland’s negotiating position, former ministers for foreign(...)

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