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A statue of Prince Albert on the grounds of Leinster House will not be removed. The Oireachtas Petitions Committee said on Wednesday a petition seeki(...)

British singer Mark E Smith, of the band The Fall performs at the Primavera Sound 2010 music festival in Barcelona in 2010. Photograph:  Marta Perez/EPA

Part-Anthony Burgess, part-punk-Andy Capp, Mark E Smith was a fierce art intelligence and a hero of polar opposition. A weird anti-London diplomat for(...)

Dr Conor Cruise O’Brien: minister in the 1973-1977 coalition government, an editor-in-chief of the ‘Observer’ in the 1980s and an elected unionist politician in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician, diplomat, journalist, historian, public intellectual and contrarian: the long life and many works of Conor Cruise O’Brien were discussed i(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

One of the foremost historians on the first World War war has compared US President Donald Trump to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Professor Margaret MacMillan,(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave former taoiseach speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque celebrating the birth of WT Cosgrave in 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Liam Cosgrave was born his father was in jail. WT Cosgrave, minister of local government in the underground Dáil administration, had been on the(...)

Declan Ganley:  bought the unoccupied Derreen Inn pub complex last year. He said he would “save” it for the local community. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Prominent businessman and former Libertas political campaigner Declan Ganley is abandoning a €2 million plan to redevelop his local pub after Galway p(...)

Clockwise from top left: Kieran Mahon, Michael Banks, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy.

The Jobstown trial involves “cracking a nut with a sledgehammer” and is “over the top”, a defence counsel has told the jury in a closing address. One(...)

Trinity College  historian Patrick Geoghegan also hosts a radio show. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hired a prominent Trinity College historian to assist him with research and speechwriting. Patrick Geoghegan is professor (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Washington on Thursday: elected a TD in 1975, he was in a better position than most to do something about the horrors that continued in his time. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For a people renowned for nostalgia, we Irish sure know how to move on. We travelled from shame to pride within a week. Having stopped to consider ou(...)

Eileen Gray: a Modernist master

It’s that time of year again when shamrockery, Guinness and “Kiss me I’m Irish” hats come to the fore in presenting a particular image of “Irishness” (...)

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