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Political puzzle: Anthony Trollope  called himself an “advanced conservative liberal”, a combination that would have needed considerable unpacking even in its own time.  Cartoon: ‘Spy’ (Lesley Ward)/ Hulton Archive/Getty Images

2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest novelists, Anthony Trollope. Despite the Trojan efforts of the Trollope So(...)

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on water charges.

In 2001, there was a byelection in Tipperary South which Fianna Fáil was expected to win. The party lost the vote, and afterwards blamed it on an opi(...)

Loyalist protestor outside Hillsborough during the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

1972 Under pressure both from Westminster and nationalists, and in the face of escalating violence, the Conservative British government ended the Stor(...)

Harold McCusker: “I felt desolate because as I stood in the cold outside Hillsborough Castle everything that I held dear turned to ashes in my mouth.”

The signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement on the November 15th, 1985 , was a defining moment for unionism and for Northern Ireland. We had just come t(...)

Former Northern Ireland secretary of state Peter Brooke MP, right, chats with fellow MP Peter Temple-Morris in  Killarney at the 22nd British-Irish Inter Parliamentary conference which is taking place in 2001. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

This book is about events in the life of a politician. It is not an an autobiography but a selection of events of interest to a reader, ranging fro(...)

Geoffrey Howe as British foreign secretary addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Photograph: David A Cantor/AFP/Getty Images

It is an irony of his long Westminster career that the political legacy of Geoffrey Howe, who has died aged 88, will not be the 20 years he spent on t(...)

The new leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn makes his inaugural speech at the Queen Elizabeth Centre in central London. Photograph: Reuters

Left-wing veteran Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the British Labour Party in a stunning victory that marks a dramatic ideological shift for (...)

Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn has criticised party leader Micheál Martin and said the party is cannibalising itself rather than gaining support under his leadership. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn has criticised party leader Micheál Martin and said the party is cannibalising (...)

Given the difficulties he could face, the British PM may be tempted to reach an accommodation with the Democratic Unionist Party to afford comfort on some tight votes, though the DUP tends to share  Tory doubts on Europe

Standing outside No 10 Downing Street yesterday, his wife Samantha to the side in the company of officials, David Cameron laid down in just 14 words t(...)

David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street after visiting the queen. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

MARK HENNESSYLondon Editor Former British prime minister John Major once said that every general election campaign run by any political party is a sha(...)

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