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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in his  Leinster House office. “I come from a background which in many respects has always been pro-life but I have never been absolutist or judgemental.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheál Martin asks that you do not read between the lines of what he is saying to divine meaning, but at times you are left with no other option. As(...)

Cllr Seamus McGrath of Fianna Fáil urged An Bord Pleanála not to rush into any decision on the M28

Plans to upgrade the N28 road between Cork and Ringaskiddy to a €220 million motorway will not lead to the elimination of traffic congestion, a planni(...)

 Liam St John Devlin became deputy chairman of  Allied Irish Banks in 1974 and remained in that  role until his retirement from the position in 1992

Liam St John Devlin, who has died at his home in Baltimore, Co Cork, aged 93, was a well-known – although notably modest – member of a significant gen(...)

File image of Conor Cruise O’Brien. In the Labour Party his views on the North caused huge dissension, but with the support of Brendan Corish he swung the party behind his policies.

Conor Cruise O’Brien, the centenary of whose birth occurs on November 3rd, was one of the most influential and courageous public figures to emerge in(...)

Flags fly at half mast at Leinster House in Dublin after the death of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire.

Liam Cosgrave was someone who devoted his life to public service, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. “Today a grateful country thanks and hono(...)

Liam Cosgrave was a politician of personal integrity and steely resolve who as taoiseach in the 1970s ensured that the institutions of the State survi(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave as he donated his father’s papers to the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

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. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

WT  Cosgrave, former President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, and his son  Liam Cosgrave (right) at the Phoenix Park races in 1960

Liam Cosgrave was an uncompromising and often controversial political figure. His record as taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 was mixed but he can be cr(...)

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