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The Irish Times debate semi-final at UCD in 1966.

It was January 1960. Seán Lemass had recently taken over from de Valera. The arrival of television was just around the corner. The Catholic Church’s v(...)

Supreme Court judge John McMenamin. File photograph: Collins

Supreme Court judge John McMenamin has called for legislation changing the eligibility limits for legal aid to be examined. Delivering the annual Bri(...)

The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South is one of the least-known but most remarkable success stories of cross-Border co-operation between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

One of the least-known but most remarkable success stories of cross-Border co-operation between Northern Ireland and the Republic in the aftermath of (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: ‘We cannot have a law that provides unrestricted access to information about one’s identity to the adopted person.’ Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Tuesday, December 10th, 1991: Ireland was in the midst of a vitally important debate about an agreement that would create the European Union as we now(...)

 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

Leo Varadkar at the count centre in the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he cannot rule out an early general election but said he was not going to call one in the next couple of days or weeks(...)

Former minister of state Barry Andrews (front, right) has been selected to contest the European Parliament election in Dublin for Fianna Fáil. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil members are frustrated at being associated with the difficulties the Government is experiencing, the party’s candidate for the Dublin Euro(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good morning, and happy Valentine’s Day — the day the price of a bunch of roses rises by national children’s hospital proportions. Matters in Fianna (...)

Conor Lenihan at the announcement that he wishes to be selected by Fianna Fáil to be its candidate in the upcoming European Election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ireland should become an “advocate for Britain” in Europe after Brexit, a former minister and aspiring member of the European Parliament has said. Co(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar listens as a tour guide explains the artwork in the all-male St Mary’s Monastery in Axum, Ethiopia. Photograph: Harry McGee

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended his visit to an Ethiopian monastery which does not allow access to women by saying it was appropriate to respect t(...)

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