Trinity College Dublin has expressed alarm over Government plans to reform university governance. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Trinity College Dublin has expressed alarm over Government plans to reform university governance which it says could threaten its autonomy and indepen(...)

Between 1922 and in December 1946, 674 children died at Bessborough mother and baby home. File photograph: Provision

The State in 1947 abandoned a threatened special investigation into the deaths of nearly 700 children at the Bessborough mother and baby home, but war(...)

Ernest Blythe: cut the old-age pension by a shilling a week in his 1924 budget

One of the most “unlucky deeds” ever carried out by a minister for finance was when Ernest Blythe cut the old-age pension by one shilling per week in (...)

Executed: Thomas Harte and Patrick McGrath.

Eighty years ago this week, a barely remembered event in the history of law and order within the Irish state occurred, yet the significance of it cann(...)

Picture Post: workers harvesting flax in Co Down in 1948. Photograph: Merlyn Severn//Hulton/Getty

The British magazine was extremely popular with readers but not with the Irish censor. Its portraits of ireland are timeless, however In his mem(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will speak at an event in the Royal Irish Academy  on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested that the anniversary of Ireland becoming a republic should be marked every year. Mr Varadkar said the comin(...)

The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has ‘never truly been tested’ in the courts, a law lecturer has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The constitutional article on the special position of women in the home has “never truly been tested” in the courts as a “protective guarantee” requir(...)

File photograph of Seamus Green from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association after a special Mass to mark the outbreak of the first World War was held in Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said Queen Elizabeth should hand back the Irish regimental flags given to her grandfather after the first World War.(...)

Éamon de Valera addresses a meeting during the 1948 general election: he expected to taoiseach again. Photograph: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images

When John A Costello emerged as taoiseach of Ireland’s first coalition 66 years ago, it came as a surprise to everyone – and an unpleasant shock to tw(...)

Ireland’s first chief rabbi  developed a strong relationship with Éamon de Valera. In 1966, a forest near Nazareth was dedicated to Mr de Valera on behalf of Ireland’s Jewish community. Photograph: Rowley

The Republic’s Jewish population has experienced little or no hostility since the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza, the chairman of the Jewish Rep(...)