John Bruton

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Bill Clinton:  British diplomat Jonathan Powell conceded years later that the president’s  decision to grant Adams a visa-waiver in 1994 was the right thing to do. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Adams arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York at 4.30pm on Monday, January 31st, 1994, on Aer Lingus flight 105 from Dublin. Previously denied ac(...)

Irish Diaspora Loan Fund board member John Bruton: dismissed criticism the fund is a means for affluent migrants to effectively buy Irish passports. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

About half of all applications to finance the Irish Diaspora Loan Fund, a new immigrant investment programme requiring a minimum investment of €500,00(...)

Peter Sutherland: no one personified quite as clearly as he did the two sides of neoliberal globalisation: its phenomenal energy and its terrible destructiveness. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

After Peter Sutherland successfully concluded the biggest trade agreement in world history in 1994, the US trade representative Mickey Kantor hailed h(...)

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996: the Fine Gael politician  served as minister of state from 1981 to 1982 under Garret FitzGerald

The death has taken place of the former Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte. He was 86. Mr Harte was a Fine Gael TD from 1961 until 1997, representing the Done(...)

Gerard Harvey, chairman of the National Lottery (right) pictured with Raymond Keaveney,  director of the National Gallery in 1989. The gallery  carried out the renovation of the roof of the 1864 extension and the complete refurbishment of the Italian Rooms, which was  made possible with an allocation of £950.00 from the National lottery Fund. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The public feared “political interference” in the new National Lottery and had a “very strongly held hope” that the funds from it would not go to the (...)

 The artist Phil Coulter:  Bruton said  advertising and promotion campaigns were “a matter of individual taste, as is Phil Coulter’s music”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The chairman and managing director of retail giant Penneys wrote to the minister for finance to complain that Aer Lingus was sponsoring a three-month (...)

The library at the the Irish College in Paris, pictured in 2000. Photograph: Eric Luke

A row over sending 20 young Irish people on work experience to assist with the refurbishment of the Irish College in Paris spanned more than two years(...)

 New minister for finance Ray MacSharry unveiling his budget on March 31st, 1987

When Charles Haughey took power in March 1987, having campaigned on the slogan that spending cuts hurt the poor, the old and the sick, he proceeded to(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. As minister for justice she made it clear that the Garda’s difficulties required action from the force itself.

Frances Fitzgerald has risen to the second-highest Government office in Ireland during a career that has seen both triumph and defeat in liberal measu(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

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