Department of Justice headquarters on St Stephen’s Green: the department should have made the exhibition about the assassination of the State’s first minister for justice, Kevin O’Higgins, public. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I rang the Department of Justice last week, not as a commentator or outraged citizen, but as a curious historian. After reading the account by Stephen(...)

 WT Cosgrave: he and his deputy Kevin O’Higgins expressed very serious concern about the treatment of Catholics in Northern Ireland

Sunday is the 92nd anniversary of Ireland’s biggest ever financial success when a deal was signed with the UK government to reduce Ireland’s potential(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave former taoiseach speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque celebrating the birth of WT Cosgrave in 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Liam Cosgrave was born his father was in jail. WT Cosgrave, minister of local government in the underground Dáil administration, had been on the(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: has sensibly spelled out the constraints that will limit his capacity to dispense largesse next Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is typical of Irish politics that most of the political pressure on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in the run-up to the budget is to do the w(...)

Acting Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving for the Public Accounts Committee. January 23rd, 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

2014 January 23rd: Assistant Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan first comes to widespread attention as she is seen sitting, unmoved, beside then Ga(...)

New legislation means drinkers should be able to go to the pub next Good Friday. Photograph: iStock

A Government backbencher was a lone voice in the Seanad against the passage of legislation to break a 90-year-old tradition and allow pubs and restaur(...)

It was always felt by some that being in Europe would help end partition and Brexit has raised the issue again

In February 1920, the British cabinet, chaired by prime minister David Lloyd George, agreed to give Ulster unionists what they sought: a Northern Irel(...)

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was barely 6am when Katherine Zappone’s phone began flashing and buzzing with the incoming call. The first light before dawn was still nearly an ho(...)

Key players in the controversy : Sgt Maruice McCabe; Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Minister for Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone

What is all this about? Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe made a number of allegations of garda malpractice, including but not limited to, the cancelling of p(...)

The house at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely, Co Dublin, where up to 70 people were living. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The joint landlords of a Co Dublin house, which at one point was used to house up to 70 South American and eastern European tenants, were told by a ju(...)

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