John Dillon

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 Eamon de Valera: I suspect that by remaining in Dublin, de Valera believed he could be brought into the talks at the 11th hour to insist on further concessions, but this was a high-risk and ultimately doomed strategy.  Photograph:  Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

Éamon de Valera, as leader of Fianna Fáil, was fond of using the phrase “the evil of partition” in his speeches. I, myself, was reared in a household (...)

Pat Rigney, founder of The Shed Distillery in Co Leitrim and the newly-elected chairman of Drinks Ireland, a unit of Ibec.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Regaining ground lost on international markets as a result of coronavirus is top of the agenda for the newly-elected chair of Ibec industry group Drin(...)

The Shed Distillery owner PJ Rigney and Brian Taft, head distiller at the launch of Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

The maker of the popular Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin has reported record revenues for 2019 but warned about the impact of the Covid crisis on the b(...)

The notion of Gaia, or ‘Mother Earth’, taking steps  to preserve nature’s  equilibrium,  is not so fanciful, says Greek scholar  John Dillon. Photograph: Getty Images

There is no sign of religion disappearing but, in a more secular world with competing faiths and ideologies, it is an open question as to what god - i(...)

The modern Irish Border as proposed in Sir James Dougherty’s final assessment, May 11th, 1914.

Nearing a century in existence the Irish Border has become the defining feature of Ireland’s political geography. The Border was established in law in(...)

An exterior view of the SuperValu supermarket on Aston Quay in Dublin. It is part of the family-owned Musgrave group, which features in PwC’s latest report on family businesses. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fewer than one in five family businesses have a formal plan for passing their enterprises on to the next generation, despite this being key to their f(...)

Centra’s store in Terenure, Dublin, part of the family-owned Musgrave Group. Irish family companies need to ask why so few of them prepare properly for transferring their enterprise to the next generation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

PwC’s family business report began as a strictly local affair, something that the accountancy firm’s Irish arm conceived and produced itself. But head(...)

A post man by the Border. Photograph by Terence Spencer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

The increasing threat of a hard Brexit means we could shortly see a return to a hard Border in Ireland. Here, we look back at how Northern Ireland (...)

The site of the Soloheadbeg ambush, which  started a chain of events that brought about not just one but three civil conflicts that were fought primarily between Irish people. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

On January 21, 1919, the Sinn Féin MPs elected to Parliament in 1918 implemented a policy of abstention from Westminster and met as Dáil Éireann, affi(...)

Sinn Féin leaders at the First Dáil in 1919. Photograph: Hulton Archive

This weekend a century ago, with the declaration of the general election results on December 28th, Sinn Féin was absorbing the scale of its triumph an(...)

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