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The General Michael Collins monument unveiled on the anniversary of his death at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A plaque in memory of Michael Collins was unveiled today to mark the 91st anniversary of his killing on August 22nd, 1922. Chief of Staff of the Defen(...)

Poland in the 1980s reanimated its society around the concept of solidarity, but there is little solidarity in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

This is a good time of the year to talk about political reform. It is the time of the long holiday for both houses of the Oireachtas. It’s the time of(...)

Billy Hutchinson of the Progressive Unionist Party welcomes the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to Belfast in 2011. Mr Hutchinson has become involved with an initiative exploring loyalist culture and identity. Photograph: PA

There is no doubt that the continuing and escalating violence in the North has left many people shrugging their shoulders in indifference, recalling p(...)

A grand coalition?

There was nothing new in a suggestion by former Fianna Fail minister Mary O’Rourke that her party and Fine Gael should put aside past differences and (...)

Big news from my kitchen: I’ve started to squint while looking at the instructions on the side of a stock cube. I know it’s a very small box but it sh(...)

Lyndon Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One after John F Kennedy’s assassination. Johnson was the one who delivered more, but Kennedy still gets the credit.

Lost leaders have a persistent fascination. The reputations of great men cut down in their prime are often more enduring than those who lived to make (...)

Shannon Foynes Port Company’s operating and administration costs were reduced by €300,000 to €7 million in 2012. Photograph: Shannon Foynes Port Company

Shannon Foynes Port Company has put record financial results down to an increase in shipping activity levels not seen since 2008. Today it posted an o(...)

Pop star Madonna is escorted to St Patrick’s Church, Monkstown, Co Dublin, yesterday for the funeral Mass of architect David Collins, who died on July 17th after a short ilness. Photograph: Mark Doyle

There is fashionably late and then there is extremely late. At yesterday’s funeral Mass in Dublin for Glenageary architect David Collins, his close fr(...)

Seán Lemass (1899-1971) was taoiseach from 1959 to 1966.He grew up on Capel Street, in Dublin’s north inner city, and fought in the 1916 Rising as a p(...)

Understanding the change in Ian Paisley has thrown even the most astute commentators off course. How did the demagogue whose constant rant was: “Never(...)

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