Kevin Boland

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Jack Lynch: such was the taoiseach’s condition that he was brought whiskey to steady his nerves

When Fianna Fáil returned to office in June 1969 it would be the last election for three decades in which violence in Northern Ireland would not form (...)

“We’re hearing some snippy commentary  that the majority of the Take Back the City protestors are young and middle class.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In late 1969, a group of students occupied 45 St Stephen’s Green, then a Georgian building in a poor state of repair. Such was the novelty of this at (...)

Bobby Molloy, who has died age 80, was a long serving cabinet Minister and a founder of the Progressive Democrats who was a TD for almost four decades.

Bobby Molloy, who has died age 80, was a long serving cabinet Minister and a founder of the Progressive Democrats who was a TD for almost four decades(...)

Bobby Molloy photographed in 2000 at a press briefing regarding the deregulation of the taxi industry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bobby Molloy, who has died aged 80, experienced more ups and downs in politics than probably any other politician of his generation. His political c(...)

Donogh O’Malley: “I believe that it is essential for a government from time to time to propound bold new policies which both catch the imagination of the people and respond to some widespread if not clearly formulated demand on their part”. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times.

In January Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys announced an €8 million project to improve facilities at the National Archi(...)

Frank Aiken as minister for external affairs at the United Nations

On February 13th, 1973 Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch announced the sudden retirement of Frank Aiken from politics on the grounds of “doctors’ orders”.(...)

Frank Rossiter, an Irish-American living in Savannah, Georgia, next to the grave of his great-grandfather Patrick Buttimer, from Cork, in the city’s Catholic cemetery. Buttimer was a Confederate veteran in the American civil war, and a veteran’s cross marks his grave. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Spanish moss hangs from the cedar tree like ghostly fingers protecting her resting place. It’s a scene that captures the beauty of Savannah, Ge(...)

Colm Hefferon, son of Arms Trial witness Col Michael Hefferon (in photograph  frame), who has called on the Government to release more documents. Photograph: Alan Betson

The son of a former Army head of intelligence has called for an “independent trawl” of government files to help establish the truth behind the 1970(...)

Young Irish historians have done much in recent years to exploit the release of an abundance of archival material covering Irish politics from the 192(...)

James Lawless, editor of Cuisle, the Fianna Fáil newsletter, at his stand on the second day of the party’s 74th Ardfeis in the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson

This will go down as one of the most nondescript of the 74 ardfheiseanna that Fianna Fáil has held. There was none of the messianic adul(...)

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