Eoghan Harris

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Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald arriving for  the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Fear is here. You can smell this general election now. On Monday night an Ipsos/MRBI missile detonated smack in the middle of long-held assumption(...)

That we should never cling to nurse for fear of something worse but that change for the sake of change is what landed the world with Brexit and Donald Trump.  Photograph: Alan Betson

During the 2007 election campaign, a reference by me to Fianna Fáil campaign headquarters as “Meltdown Manor” so galvanised its occupants that they pu(...)

Naoise Nunn: “I’m delighted to bring the ethos and the fun of Leviathan to the Library of Progress at Body&Soul later this month.”

The Time of My Life is a weekly column about a moment that changed someone’s life – for the better or the worse The venue was the Hub on Dublin’s Eus(...)

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(...)

A bread cart with armed fighters in the Irish Civil War, around 1922: We can never know for sure if Protestants were targeted out of pure religious hatred or selected as convenient symbols of the old coloniser, Britain. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

A fundamental question about the Revolution’s civilian casualties was reopened at the West Cork History Festival last month: were Protestants harmed b(...)

The temperature threatened to rise dramatically on more than a few occasions over the weekend at the inaugural West Cork History Festival at Lissard Estate in Skibbereen. Photograph: Liss Ard Estate/Twitter

The setting may well have been bucolic and the weather pleasant but the temperature threatened to rise dramatically on more than a few occasions over (...)

 Eoghan Harris has said that as long as Irish Protestants living in the Republic feel unable to talk about their past, they are not truly free. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

As long as Irish Protestants in the Republic feel unable to talk about their past they are not truly free, the veteran journalist and polemicist Eogha(...)

Rosebank house: A central focus of the festival  will be the deeds of various informers, murderers, double-crossers and looters in the West Cork region

The Irish obsession with history is akin to that of Italians for food and the French for love. It is our motivating force, an internal propellant that(...)

West Cork History Festival organiser Dr Simon Kingston

The organisers of a history festival in west Cork are hoping its examination of some of the most controversial events of the Irish revolutionary perio(...)

Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in The Crown

Now that Christmas has arrived, it’s time for political junkies to take some downtime. Here are some ideas on how they might treat themselves over the(...)

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