Eamon De Valera

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 Former Fianna Fáil deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív: opposed the  deal with Fine Gael and the Green Party and said it should talk to Sinn Féin about a coalition.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has called for Micheál Martin to be replaced as leader and is seeking a “new direction” for the party. Mr Ó Cuív, a grand(...)

Hungarian mathematician and physicist Cornelius Lanczos came to Dublin in 1954 and stayed until the end of the 1960s. He once saw fit to correct The Irishman’s Diary on a point of fact. And perhaps more remarkably, he was wrong.

Most people know about Erwin Schrodinger, the great Austrian physicist who spent the 1940s and later working at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Stud(...)

 Nora Owens, grandniece of Michael Collins, with her husband Brian in 1997. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

A descendant of Michael Collins has welcomed the announcement by Taoiseach, Micheál Martin that he is to hang a portrait of the Free State leader in h(...)

The name of Catherine Martin’s department will be a big challenge for journalists, if only because its name cannot be reduced to an acronym. Photograph: Nicolas Bernier

The new government department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, and the Gaeltacht will be a big challenge for journalists, if only because its (...)

The Michael Collins portrait hanging in former taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s office last week. Photograph: Leo Varadkar/Twitter

New Taoiseach, Micheál Martin has asked his predecessor, Leo Varadkar to put back a portrait of Michael Collins in the Taoiseach’s office to hang besi(...)

No 40, Herbert Park, in Dublin 4, was the home of Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, known as The O’Rahilly, the only leader of the 1916 Rising to die in battle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Plans for the demolition of the home of 1916 Rising leader The O’Rahilly in Ballsbridge, Dublin, have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála. The McSharr(...)

The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Journal, December 5th, 1920, depicting British police attacking a farm in Tipperary occupied by Sinn Féin members. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

There was more than one war of independence being fought in Ireland in 1920. Alongside an increasingly intense military conflict, there were political(...)

It took an English comedian, Steve Coogan, via the BBC, to relaunch Come Out Ye Black and Tans to an Irish audience. Photograph: BBC

There is a double irony in the revived popularity of Dominic Behan’s Come Out Ye Black and Tans, a song that briefly topped the British singles charts(...)

Labour’s Emmet Stagg (Kildare North) and Green Party’s Tate Donnelly (Cavan Monaghan). Photographs: Gareth Chaney / Collins and The Greens

With more than half a century between their birth dates, general election candidates Emmet Stagg and Tate Donnelly were each born into a very differen(...)

  Near the altar of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa is a secular portrait depicting a session of the League of Nations in 1936. The focus of the picture is an address by Emperor Haile Selassie. But in the background, looking on, is de Valera.

Eamon de Valera may have a mixed reputation in Ireland, the country he dominated for so long. But he holds an exalted place – literally – in Ethiopia,(...)

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