Frank Aiken

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 Frank Aiken as minister for defence in 1940 with troops at an open air Mass to celebrate St Patricks Day at Portobello Barracks, Dublin. Aiken appears to have been suspicious of the pro-Treaty side’s motives in proposing the Northern initiative in 1922, particularly in light of the risk it posed to the Treaty settlement. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the spring of 1922, as southern Ireland drifted towards civil war, rival republican factions conspired to support renewed violence in Northern Irel(...)

Tánaiste Eamon  Gilmore spoke at an event to mark a new book on Frank Aiken (above), former minister for external affairs. Photograph: Sean Sexton/Getty Images

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said “economic diplomacy matters” as he reflected on Ireland’s overseas engagements during his(...)

Student nurses are given the BCG vaccine in 1958. Photograph: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Tuberculosis was a diagnosis peculiarly dreaded in Ireland for much of the 20th century. There was a stigma attached to sufferers: it seemed to run(...)

Some of those who qualified for the top rate like Frank Aiken 
and Frank Aiken
were also in receipt of substantial State salaries as ministers and TDs

The maximum military service pension amounted to a significant income in the 1920s and 1930s. The huge number of people that applied for the pension i(...)

Inside the GPO, Easter Week 1916. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives.

The myriad of personal stories contained in the Military Service Pensions Collection will open a new window on the 1916 to 1923 period in Irish histor(...)

Young Irish historians have done much in recent years to exploit the release of an abundance of archival material covering Irish politics from the 192(...)

Gerry Adams TD with Pearse Doherty TD and Mary Lou McDonald TD arriving at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Analysis:  In 1926, Éamon de Valera found himself on the wrong side of a narrowly decided vote by Sinn Féin to continue its policy of abstenti(...)

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