The late Fr Enda McDonagh. File photograph: David Sleator

Fr Enda McDonagh, an influential and liberal theologian in the Catholic Church and former Maynooth University professor of moral theology, has died ag(...)

The Eighth Amendment wording would ‘lead inevitably to confusion and uncertainty, not merely amongst the medical profession... but also amongst lawyers,’ Peter Sutherland wrote.

On February 15th 1983, Garret FitzGerald’s government took the usual step of publishing the advice of his attorney general Peter Sutherland on the Eig(...)

People stranded by Hurricane Charley in August 1986 struggle to get their car moving in the floods

Just weeks after Hurricane Charley wreaked millions of pounds worth of damage, mainly in the south and east, the government heard it would “not be adv(...)

Karen Gearon, shop steward of the striking Dunnes Stores workers, receiving a cheque for $1,000 from Seán Mac Bride, on behalf of the Irish-American Trade Union Coalition, in Dublin in May 1985. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Government ministers and officials struggled during 1985 to find a way of dealing with the political controversy generated by a group of Dunnes Store(...)

A vital glimpse into the past

The annual release of government archives under the 30-year rule has provided illuminating insights into the process that led to the historic signing (...)

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” As the fateful year loomed the easy temptation for columnists short of mat(...)

Don’t be evil? ‘Corporations are particularly dangerous and worrisome sources of domination’

Time was we used to sing freedom songs against foreign governments and the “colonial yoke”. But today, across the western world, it is financial co(...)

“Major deals, which lead to tangible increases in exports and jobs in Ireland, are very often commenced or concluded on these missions.” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton meets Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, assistant secretary general for policy affairs at Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health. Photograph: Lydia Shaw

Ireland has a proud history of supporting the cause of human rights around the world. Unfortunately, our record of providing jobs for our people is fa(...)