Minister of state at the department of Industry and Commerce Eddie Collins (third from left, standing) with members of taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald’s cabinet in June 1982. Photograph: The Irish Times

Eddie Collins, the former Fine Gael TD and junior minister who died on Monday, was described by former taoiseach John Bruton as the “inheritor of the (...)

In December 2017, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assured Northern unionists: “The Irish Government has no hidden agenda.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

During the difficult, bloody days of 1972, Fine Gael’s Garret FitzGerald wrote to a contact of his in Northern Ireland: “I have had further occasion t(...)

Jude Perry from Co Sligo who has establishing a Young Fine Gael branch at Queen’s University in Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Moving to Belfast was “a bit of a culture shock” for Jude Perry from Ballymote, Co Sligo. But this week the 20-year-old son of former minister of sta(...)

Margaret Thatcher published her memoirs in 1993, whereas Haughey (pictured with the former British prime minister in May 1980) never wrote his. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

That the official records from the Department of the Taoiseach and of Foreign Affairs for 1988 are becoming available only now after 30 years leaves t(...)

John Bruton, seen here with taoiseach  Garret FitzGerald, warned of “serious emerging excesses”. Photograph: Pat Langan

Garret FitzGerald’s unilateral intervention as taoiseach in 1986 to save the Bewley’s chain of cafes in Dublin led to a major row with his minister fo(...)

Margaret Thatcher  visiting the site of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, a year in which security concerns dominated her dealings with the Irish government.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Throughout 1988 Anglo-Irish relations seemed vulnerable to a surprise ambush. Taoiseach Charles Haughey and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher w(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey  at Dublin Airport in December 1988 on his return from an EU summit in Rhodes.  Further tensions surfaced there with  Margaret Thatcher. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

A number of speeches delivered in the United States by taoiseach Charles Haughey in April 1988 in which he did not condemn violence provoked an angry (...)

75 Eglinton Road, Donnybrook, D4

This is a grand house, in every sense of that word. Tall and elegantly proportioned, it has wide granite steps to the front door and a benign hauteur(...)

His archival vision incorporated a strong all-Ireland identity, something that was recognised by Dr Garret FitzGerald in 1987 who appointed him chair of the Management Committee of the National Archives Advisory Committee

Brian Trainor, who died on August 22nd, devoted much of his professional life and indeed his 30-year retirement to making good the almost-irreparable (...)

Bernard Davenport: while working at the United Nations in New York he acquired a working knowledge of Russian so he could read Dostoyevsky in the original.

Bernard Davenport Born: August 19th, 1939 Died: June the 11th, 2018 Bernard Davenport had a life many people would have killed for. A very talented(...)

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