Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald delivers the address at the commemoration for former taoiseach John A. Costello at Deansgrange Cemetery on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former taoiseach John A Costello was remembered as a State builder, as a pre-eminent lawyer and as a “simple man who believed in the old-fashioned val(...)

Villa Spada houses the Irish Embassy to the Vatican which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2011 before being reopened in 2014

As someone from a Northern Protestant background happily resident in Dublin, I know there is little or no point in trying to persuade my co-religionis(...)

Jackie Kennedy horse riding during a visit to Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

In August 1950, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier visited Dublin and was shown around the city by a family friend, Fr Joseph Leonard. He secured an invita(...)

Caroline Kennedy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the Kennedy homestead and visitor centre at New Ross, Co Wexford, in June last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jackie Kennedy’s letters to Irish priest Fr Joseph Leonard were not her only correspondence with Ireland. It has emerged that she also wrote to Joh(...)

 Fr Joseph Leonard, Fr William Purcell and  John F Kennedy at All Hallows College in September 1955.

The importance of Fr Joseph Leonard in the life of the Kennedys was recalled by former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in an interview with The Irish Times la(...)

There are several accomplished portrait painters around today to tackle Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s not surprising that most of the portraits of former taoisigh hanging in Leinster House do not scale the heights of artistic excellence. However, (...)

Nearly 80 years ago (in 1934) Éamon de Valera initiated the abolition of the Seanad and immediately ran into objections that this was a breach (...)