John Bruton

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“Even with the UK outside the customs union, modern electronic customs clearing should make physical Border checks unnecessary.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish opinion was slow to wake up to the possibility of a No vote in the UK referendum on EU membership and, in my experience, had a limited understan(...)

Former Minister of State Martin Mansergh. Photograph: David Sleator

Commemorative events to mark the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and the subsequent Civil War should be fully explored and debated but not(...)

Analysts agree the late  minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry (far left) played a key role during the Anglo Irish Agreement negotiations. This photograph from the signing of the agreement in 1985 shows (left to right) Peter Barry, tánaiste Dick Spring, taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, British foreign minister Geoffrey Howe, and secretary of state Tom King.

Saturday mornings in the Cork city centre grocery store owned by former Fine Gael tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs, Peter Barry, who died on (...)

Peter Barry  in his office at Iveagh House during his time as minister for foreign affairs in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Former Fine Gael deputy leader, tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry has died aged 88. Taoieach Enda Kenny said Barry died peacefull(...)

Due to an unfortunate oversight, we understand the hotel that hosted the Fine Gael ladies lunch was not given the instruction to limit the free drink to a bottle of red and a bottle of white per table.

A lot of talk about “straws in the wind” in a week when the countdown to Enda Kenny’s departure from the leadership of Fine Gael became the talk of Le(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (right) appears in a special referendum edition of BBC One’s Question Time, hosted by David Dimbleby, at the MK Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

What would happen if the UK votes to leave the European Union? Many believe the immediate effect would be a change of government in London. It is ha(...)

Former head of the Government Information Service Bart Cronin (left) with with P. J. Mara in Feburary 1992. Photograph: Peter Thursfield /The Irish Times

Bart Cronin, who has died aged 82, was a colourful, popular and effective media spokesman for former taoiseach Albert Reynolds and a succession of min(...)

’The sensitive way in which the Government has handled the centenary has been notable.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As I was standing in the media enclosure close to the GPO on Easter Sunday, looking across at the seated dignitaries, I felt increasingly that unionis(...)

Guard of honour by the 1st Battalion, Galway,  at Glasnevin cemetery on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Sinn Féin Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh was absent from Sunday’s ceremony at Glasnevin cemetery where a “Remembrance Wall” naming a(...)

 The funeral of dissident republican Vinnie Ryan , at Donaghmede , Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Let me rain on the parade. As the planes roared over the Liffey’s swell and the bands played and the soldiers marched along O’Connell Street I recalle(...)

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