John Taoiseach

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 Mary McAleese on the occasion of the presentation of the Dignity of Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary McAleese said that ‘faced with Brexit’ we are “ reminded of the sheer miracle that brought France and Germany out of enmity and into partnership(...)

 Artist Robert Ballagh rejected claims that his recent letter to The Irish Times on ‘outsiders’ in Irish arts management smacked of jingoism. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Robert Ballagh’s recent intervention in the debate over the funding of the Abbey Theatre was shot down by many commentators but the artist is not for (...)

 ‘Class and ideology have clearly always been central to Irish housing policy.’ Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

On April 29th, 1949, Timothy Murphy, the Labour Party minister for local government, died suddenly while he was addressing an interparty meeting in Fe(...)

Pope Francis and President Michael D Higgins at ease meeting in the Vatican. Photograph: Maxwells

An advantage of being “spiritual” rather than religious, as President Michael D Higgins described himself during his election campaign in 2011, is tha(...)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as  Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to the press  in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photograph: Reuters/Christinne Muschi

Enda Kenny’s decision to visit Canada this week in possibly one of his final foreign trips as Taoiseach throws up interesting historical parallels. It(...)

Former minister for arts John O’ Donoghue  emphasised the need for an ‘arm’s length’ between State and the arts. In th3e background is Frieze, by Fergus Martin and Anthony Hobbs, 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We will probably read and hear much about the scholar and revolutionary George Noble Plunkett in 2017. Appointed director of the National Museum in 19(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands on a red carpet in Shannon Airport during a visit in 2014. Photograph: Sean Curtin.

Both Donald Trump and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have been talking potatoes recently. The two go back some way, most memorably when, excrucia(...)

‘Seán MacBride  had sent an even more obsequious letter to archbishop McQuaid on his own election to the Dáil.’

It is difficult to believe how much the religious atmosphere of Ireland has changed over the lifetime of many of us. Life itself, of course, has chang(...)

After the recent Imma debacle, it might have been expected that to save face – and the reputation of the Minister damaged in the politically-motivated(...)

Jackie Kennedy with her children Caroline and John at Woodstown Co Waterford. Photograph: Colman Doyle /The National Photographic Archive

Jackie Kennedy was aware that her letters to Irish priest Fr Joseph Leonard had been kept by the All Hallows Seminary in Dublin after his death in 196(...)