John Bruton

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John Redmond said Lord Lansdowne’s  speech detailing changes to the Home Rule Act “amounts to a declaration of war on the Irish people, and to the announcement of a policy of coercion”

John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a suppor(...)

The Government can be relieved at how well the celebrations have gone, given the apprehensions of a couple of years ago. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In dealing with historical commemorations, the priority of the government of the day is to make them “relevant” or at the least to survive the pitfall(...)

 Dick Burke was first elected to the Dail for Dublin South in 1969 and was immediately appointed as chief whip of Fine Gael by Mr Cosgrave. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former government minister and European Commissioner Dick Burke has died at the age of 83. Mr Burke was first elected to the Dail for Dublin South in(...)

The reality that Britain will not join the euro means Ireland can no longer share a path with it but must adjust to a Europe dominated by German rules. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland is an outlier on many listings of international development among comparable states. Irish spending on research and development is low; health(...)

As regards the question of making major appointments, when Mr Reynolds, as caretaker, in 1994, filled two casual vacancies in the Seanad and appointed an Irish consul in Pakistan.Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of the few things, which does seem relatively certain amidst the encircling gloom of uncertainty is that, come Thursday evening, we shall have a c(...)

The map issued indicating which Healy-Rae brother should receive their first or second preference vote in different parts of Kerry.

Brothers and Independent candidates for Kerry, Danny and Michael Healy-Rae, have distributed a map to constituents indicating which brother should re(...)

It was a big come down when in the last Presidential election only Michael D. was able to hold forth with any fluency against the other candidatesin the debate on TG4. Photo courtesy TG4 .

It seems unlikely now that the leaders of the main political parties will engage in combat in Irish on TG4 before we get that chance to cast our ballo(...)

A Union Jack flag is raised next to European Union flags ahead of a visit from Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels this week. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The concessions being sought by David Cameron to win the coming vote on British membership of the EU could make Europe even more complicated than it a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a general election canvassing stop at Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

If you follow a political leader around enough on a campaign trail, you find certain words, phrases, even speeches have a habit of repeating themselve(...)

The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

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