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The British copy of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

On December 6th 1921 a document was signed that would shape Ireland for at least a century. Throughout October, November and early December of 1921, (...)

Charles Gavan Duffy, Erskine Childers, Robert Barton and Arthur Griffith (London 1921). Photograph: National Library of Ireland

The signing of the Treaty in Downing Street in London in the early hours of December 6th 1921 changed the course of Anglo-Irish history. A hundred yea(...)

Members of the Irish delegation at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921. A conference is being held in University College Cork addressing the centenary of the agreement.   Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

There is no “narrative of grievance” in Britain as a result of Irish independence, a historian has suggested. Prof Richard Toye said right-wing Brit(...)

Micheál Martin: to address history conference. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will join with the British ambassador to Ireland Paul Johnston in addressing a historical conference at University College Co(...)

Polls have consistently shown that support for a United Ireland drops very sharply if the question comes with a real world qualification, like paying higher taxes to sustain it. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Talking about a United Ireland is not just legitimate. With all the long-term uncertainties created by Brexit, it may be unavoidable. But while we’re(...)

Controversy about the quality and number of Irish judges is not new. A century ago, even as the British faced insurgency in Ireland, Sir John Ross app(...)

Arthur Griffith was chairman of the small Irish team sent to negotiate a treaty with Britain in 1921

“When I was going to London Mr de Valera said to me, ‘There may have to be scapegoats’ . . . [Michael] Collins and myself were willing to be scapegoat(...)

The then taoiseach, Leo Varadkar,  with British prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire in October 2019, ahead of private talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. Photograph: PA Wire

The treaty shaped Irish politics for a century. While the Civil War concluded in 1923, Civil War politics really only ended last year when Fine Gael (...)

Prisioners under guard after the Custom House battle in May 1921. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty Images

In early 1921 Liberal British prime minister Lloyd George, heading a coalition government, was coming under both military and Conservative pressure to(...)

 Mary MacSwiney believed her task was to continue her brother’s fidelity to a separatist republic. Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Getty

By her own admission Mary MacSwiney was no longer a young woman when her brother, Terence, died in Brixton prison on October 25th, 1920. Yet it was f(...)

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