John Bruton

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Mountjoy Prison: was down daily about 30-40 posts.  Photograph: David Sleator

A request by minister for justice Alan Dukes to increase the number of staff in the State’s prisons by 352 to help alleviate a worsening overcrowding (...)

The statue of Queen Victoria outside the Queen Victoria building in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A government decision to transport a massive statue of Queen Victoria to Australia 30 years ago was vigorously opposed by the then minister for financ(...)

John Bruton, seen here with taoiseach  Garret FitzGerald, warned of “serious emerging excesses”. Photograph: Pat Langan

Minister for finance John Bruton wrote to ministers in May ordering them to confirm their plans to deal with the expected shortfall in tax revenue. (...)

Dunnes Stores strikers picket outside the store on Henry Street Dublin. The strike began in 1984 and lasted almost three years. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A register of sports people and entertainers who travelled to South Africa, published in 1986 by the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid, included(...)

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(...)

Pope Francis with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis may include a visit to Northern Ireland as part of a trip to Ireland in August 2018, it emerged on Monday following a meeting in Rome bet(...)

Arguably, the final curtain on a difficult period for relations between the Holy See and the Government comes down Monday when Pope Francis receives E(...)

US  president Barack Obama  receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the  St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

US president-elect Donald Trump has promised to continue the tradition of inviting the Taoiseach to the White House for the presentation of a bowl of (...)

President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands during an election night rally in New York. Photograph: AP

Donald Trump has raised so many expectations that it may be impossible for him to live up to them. Populism in power may not be as popular as populism(...)

Are we still tied to a single narrative of our history? 1916 commemoration at the GPO. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Has the 1916 centenary commemoration really been a great success? Were those independent-minded media critics, normally scornful of government and al(...)

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