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The cabinet in 1986: In the front row are the taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald, with the president, Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The Defence Forces drafted plans to invade Northern Ireland in 1986 in the event of the Anglo-Irish Agreement failing and the British pulling out, new(...)

Orange Order protest rally in March 1986 against the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Having lain undisturbed in the Military Archives for the last three decades, the Defence Forces’ plans for a possible invasion of Northern Ireland off(...)

Brian Cowen resigned as Fianna Fáil leader in January 2011, but remained as taoiseach until the Fine Gael-Labour coalition came to power in March of that year

The Department of the Taoiseach is to seek to commission an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen in the coming weeks. The Irish Times h(...)

The RDS has become associated in the public mind with the  Leinster rugby team. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There are remarkably few traces of the whole business left. The RDS grounds in Dublin’s Ballsbridge are now firmly associated in the public mind with(...)

The monumental arrogance of the modern GAA would be enough to drive Michael Cusack and Archbishop Croke weeping into each other’s arms. The two were f(...)

The blame for what happened in 2007 rests with  politicians. By the same token, the credit for the economic turnaround in the 1960s must also go to politicians such as (from left to right) Seán Lemass,  Jack Lynch and TK Whitaker. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Amid all the celebrations of TK Whitaker’s 100th year it is worth asking the question: why has Ireland’s civil service not produced anyone of his stat(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

In the shaping of modern Ireland, no one has played a more important role than TK Whitaker. In celebrating his 100th birthday today, he has lived to s(...)

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(...)

Catríona Crowe, the former head of special projects at the National Archive, has referred to “our depressing history of archival self-destruction”. Picture: RTÉ

On the occasion of her recent retirement from the National Archives of Ireland after a 42-year career, renowned archivist Catríona Crowe bade farewell(...)

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