Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern urged  Leo Varadkar to push for a deal on the key issues facing Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is a “buffoon” who will “ruin” Ireland and the United Kingdom because of his determination to quit the Europea(...)

 Ahern’s standing within Fianna Fáil – he resigned his membership in 2012 in advance of a move to expel him because of the findings of the Mahon Tribunal – remains a pebble in his shoe.   Photograph: David Sleator

Bertie Ahern’s haunts are mostly still the same: Croke Park, Parnell Park – the home of Dublin GAA – and some pubs around the north side of Dublin whe(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney spoke to the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley on Thursday night and the two agreed to meet in Belfast after April 10th. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish and British governments are to launch another push to re-establish the powersharing institutions at Stormont. The move will follow celebra(...)

Bill Clinton:  British diplomat Jonathan Powell conceded years later that the president’s  decision to grant Adams a visa-waiver in 1994 was the right thing to do. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Adams arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York at 4.30pm on Monday, January 31st, 1994, on Aer Lingus flight 105 from Dublin. Previously denied ac(...)

Members of the Navy with the cocaine haul seized on the yacht Makayabella, in Haulbowline Naval base, Cork in 2014. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A British man caught skippering a yacht off the Irish coast with almost €300 million worth of cocaine on board has died in prison while serving a ten (...)

Martin McGuinness had a confidence, intelligence and empathy that stood out. But he also had a ruthlessness that was honed in the Derry cauldron of his time. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Martin McGuinness’s mother Peggy made great soup. So discovered Peter Sheridan, assistant chief constable of the PSNI and the most senior Catholic in (...)

Gerry Adams (from left) and Martin McGuinness with Tony Blair and Jonathan Powell at Westminster in 2007. ‘He deserves to be remembered for the risks he took and the success he achieved in making Northern Ireland a better place.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

When I first met Martin McGuinness in October 1997 I declined to shake his hand. As far as I was concerned he was a terrorist and a member of an organ(...)

From left:  Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair, Peter Hain and  Ian Paisley in   Stormont on May 8th, 2007, when Paisley and  McGuinness  were sworn in  as  deputy first and first ministers following a deal  between  Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

It was summer 2005, early into my role as secretary of state for Northern Ireland, when Martin McGuinness came into my Stormont Castle office, peering(...)

(From  left) First Minister Ian Paisley, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern  inside the main hall of Stormont Assembly in Belfast in 2007, following a deal struck between the Democratic Unionist Party  and Sinn Féin in March.  Photograph: Niall Carson/Pool/PA

On an October evening in 1986, in Dublin’s Mansion House, Martin McGuinness, then an energetic 36-year-old, faced down republican traditionalists who (...)

It is difficult to see anything stopping the Brexiteers getting what they want: the clean and complete exit.

Anyone that ever worked in a modern corporation knows how the ex-UK ambassador to the EU felt. All CEOs and prime ministers say the same thing: “We w(...)

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