Harry Whelehan

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May after talks at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Philip Toscano/Getty Images

Leo Varadkar has had a baptism of fire as Taoiseach, having to deal with a political crisis over a judicial appointment in his first week in the job a(...)

Máire Whelan, President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday during the  signing of  the warrant appointing Ms Whelan to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Karl Marx said history repeats itself the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. The most recent Irish instance of this principle is tha(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan SC, who was nominated by the Government this week for appointment as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Through much of the 20th century, there was an unwritten convention that an attorney general would have first refusal on senior judicial positions. Ma(...)

Outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan has been nominated to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Government has declined to say how the nomination of the outgoing Attorney General Máire Whelan to the State’s second highest court, the Court of (...)

Long live the king?  Bertie Ahern is to be invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

June 1977 Bertie Ahern, a 25- year-old accounts clerk at the Mater hospital in Dublin, stands for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency of Dub(...)

A demonstration in February 1992 outside Government Buildings against the High Court injunction forbidding a 14-year-old rape victim from obtaining an abortion in Britain. The banner includes a telephone number which was deleted by The Irish Times, in compliance with the High Court ruling of December 1986, which found that the provision of assistance, including information, to a pregnant woman seeking an abortion was in breach of Article 40 of the Constitution. Photograph: Eric Luke

1983 Referendum leads to constitutional amendment recognising the right to life of the unborn child. 1986 High Court rules that the availability to w(...)

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1994,  Liam Hamilton, with, from left, the Attorney General  Harry Whelehan, President Mary Robinson,  Minister for Justice Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and  Tánaiste  Dick Spring. Whelehan’s appointment as President of the High Court triggered a political crisis and judicial reform. Photograph: Frank Miller

It is reasonable to date this subject from the appointment of Harry Whelehan, as President of the High Court. This appointment was made on the basis o(...)

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds picks up a few tips from Margaret Murphy and Mary Tuite, both of Ardcath, Co Meath, at the opening day of the 2005 Galway Races. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

“I am a risk-taker”. At first, I thought this was just harmless bravado on Albert’s part. But I soon learned he would hazard all, even being Taoiseach(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 6th  An image from September 1994 showing the then taoiseach Albert Reynolds (centre) shaking hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds, like his British counterpart at the time John Major, may never have obtained the profile of some of the celebrated and notorious poli(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

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