File image of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave looking onto the main square at Collins Barracks in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conor Cruise O’Brien told me a story about the time in 1956 when he was head of the United Nations section of the Department of External Affairs. The(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave  in front of a photograph of his father WT Cosgrave: UN speech won widespread praise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A supposed gaffe in Liam Cosgrave’s address to the United Nations in 1956 has formed the basis of one of the most enduring anecdotes of Irish politic(...)