After four years as the European Union’s top diplomat in Washington, David O’Sullivan will soon leave the US capital – as well as the EU’s civil service. His role as EU ambassador has given him exposure to many of DC’s famous residents, including Barack and Michelle Obama. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

High on the 10th floor of the EU delegation building overlooking Washington Circle in downtown DC, David O’Sullivan is preparing to leave the office t(...)

Former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes (left): ‘I believe that armed conflict between Ireland and England was probably inevitable at some point’

The War of Independence was probably inevitable given the historic failure of British political understanding to appreciate Ireland’s unwillingness to(...)

 Leo Varadkar  and his partner, Matt Barrett, walk in the St Patrick’s Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York city last year. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

The Government is to forge ahead with plans to send Ministers abroad for St Patrick’s Day visits in March, even though it may be forced to pass emerge(...)

John Redmond addressing a Home Rule meeting at the Parnell monument on O’Connell Street in Dublin in March 1912.  Photograph courtesy National Library of Ireland

It was a small group that gathered in a committee room at Westminster on Wednesday evening to mark the centenary of John Redmond’s death, but a distin(...)

John Redmond: died 100 years ago

The Irish parliamentary tradition owes a debt to John Redmond, the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail has stated. Redmond was leader of the Irish Parl(...)

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996.

This year marks the centenary of the Armistice and also the 20th anniversary of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders. From conception to ope(...)

John Bruton: “Does the right to human life not extend to humans before birth?”

Current debate on abortion in Ireland lacks the clarity that preceded the 1983 referendum, which saw the Eighth Amendment inserted into the Constituti(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton: has commented on the irony that, 100 years on, it is the bulk of unionists who want to exit from the customs union and free trade area of the EU, regardless of the economic cost, while nationalist Ireland is almost unanimous in its desire to ensure free trade continues. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Picture the scene. A gathering of civic society leaders from all parts of Ireland, and a few leading politicians, attempting to find a way to preserve(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach: Leo Varadkar’s life will change for ever when he accepts the seal of office on Wednesday. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty

The transition happens in an instant. If all goes according to the plans being carefully refined this weekend, Leo Eric Varadkar will sit down with Pr(...)

Senior former European politicians including former taoiseach John Bruton have written to EU leaders urging bold actions in advance of a pre-Brexit summit this week. Photograph: David Sleator

A group of senior former European politicians, including former taoiseach John Bruton and former European Commission president Jacques Delors, have wr(...)

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