Joe Lee

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In Ireland and elsewhere, people looked to government to mind them in a moment of peril. It responded with unprecedented economic and institutional force and with the disregard for convention that the occasion demanded. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s far too soon, with Covid-19 still ravaging the world, to say with any certainty how the pandemic will change how we behave, still less how we thi(...)

That same voluntary theocracy which saw families reject their pregnant daughters, also sent their sons to be priests aged eight, and daughters with no vocations to be nuns. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes offered this country the potential for catharsis. A stain on our psyche since Independence (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Five years ago, in April 2016, the Democratic Unionist Party published its manifesto for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Among other things, it sa(...)

‘Trump’s attempt to pre-empt the outcome and then to cast doubts on the legitimacy of the process has created an appalling vista for the US.’ Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg

The threat by Donald Trump to thwart the will of the American people represents a crisis for US democracy which has implications for the entire globe.(...)

Ernest Blythe: cut the old-age pension by a shilling a week in his 1924 budget

One of the most “unlucky deeds” ever carried out by a minister for finance was when Ernest Blythe cut the old-age pension by one shilling per week in (...)

John Wayne (left), Maureen O’Hara, Sean McClory and Charles Fitzsimons on the set of 'The Quiet Man', directed by John Ford, circa 1952 in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In a series of articles, The Irish Times explores five challenges facing rural Ireland – diversity and migration; poverty; rapid growth(...)

 John Boyne: “I chose to write Sam and Jessica’s story as a deliberately imperfect one in order for me to highlight the mistakes people make and how important empathy is.” Photograph: Alan Betson

John Boyne’s publisher Puffin has said it is proud to be publishing his novel about a transgender teen, after the book was dismissed as “transphobic” (...)

TK Whitaker at a press conference in Dublin in April 1975. Whitaker helped establish the ESRI.   Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

In his history of modern Ireland, published in 1989, Joe Lee commented unfavourably on Ireland’s economics profession in the 1950s and 1960s. Lee’s cr(...)

President Michael D Higgins hosted a garden party to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of Douglas Hyde on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells.

The provision of services for the Irish language or through the medium of Irish does not need to be excused or justified, President Michael D Higgins (...)

 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(...)

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