The Dáil in session shortly after the truce that brought the War of Independence to an end in 1921. Photograph: Courtesy of the National Library of ireland

The commemorations to mark the centenary of the War of Independence lost their way over the past year, as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has noted. It is impor(...)

The Irish Government’s involvement with the Northern Ireland centenary will be the funding of a major conference in Queen’s University Belfast.

It was a year in which one political entity was created, Northern Ireland, and another, the Irish Free State, was negotiated into being. It was also (...)

Included in events to be remembered with State-supported initiatives: the execution of medical student and IRA volunteer Kevin Barry

Jopsepha Madigan: Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht The Decade of Centenaries programme (2012-2023) has created unpreceden(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Lisa Chambers, who lost her Dáil seat in the general election in February,  was elected to the Seanad this week. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

The Seanad election has seen Fianna Fáil retain its position as the largest party in the Upper House, followed by Fine Gael with Sinn Féin, Labour and(...)

Most candidates at all three counts have agreed to stay away from the count and will be kept in touch through streaming and phone, email and social media contact.

A new returning officer is to be appointed to supervise a Seanad election panel because of cocooning rules for the Covid-19 pandemic. Chancellor of t(...)

Reforming the Seanad does pose difficulties, whatever is proposed, and it is doubtful if serious reform can be undertaken without another referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

The closure of nominations from vocational bodies and the university panels for the forthcoming Seanad election has focused attention once more on the(...)

File image of RIC cadets in Dublin. File photograph: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

The general election was bookended by two episodes which show how remembrance of the State’s past remains current affairs. Fine Gael’s postponed, an(...)

Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group, and Catherine Heaney, chair of National Museum of Ireland, at the opening of the Irish Wars Gallery 1919-1923 exhibition at the  museum  in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Politicians have been told it “will be a shame, and shameful” if the tolerance that has marked the Decade of Commemorations is lost following the cont(...)

Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)  in Waterford in 1917. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan was forced to postpone a  commemoration for the RIC and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.   Photograph: A. H. Poole Collection

Before a decade of commemorations began in 2012 of the years around the creation of the State, then taoiseach Enda Kenny was only too well aware that (...)

 Professor Diarmaid Ferriter has said the expert advisory group on commemorations never suggested there should be a State event for the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Historian Professor Diarmaid Ferriter has said the expert advisory group on commemorations never suggested there should be a State event for the Royal(...)

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