Historian Michael Laffan (left) with Michael Portillo  at  Kings Hall Belfast. Partition 1921 is to be broadcast on RTÉ One at 9.30pm on Monday, June 14th.

Nobody tunes into one of Michael Portillo’s Irish documentaries expecting to be bowled over by the sensational reporting. As with his films about the (...)

Historian Michael Laffan (left) with Michael Portillo  at  Kings Hall Belfast. Partition 1921 is to be broadcast on RTÉ One at 9.30pm on Monday, June 14th.

One hundred years ago there was no US president willing to give a demarche (diplomatic warning) to the then British prime minister over policies on U(...)

Michael Portillo with his creaking folder of British government documents pertaining to the War of Independence

The sight of Michael Portillo roving the landscape, scarf bunched up, greatcoat flapping majestically, yet without a steam train in sight, is massivel(...)

Former British cabinet minister Michael Portillo. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Last year while filming his new documentary about the War of Independence, former British defence secretary Michael Portillo found himself alone at th(...)

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves Finsbury Park mosque, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Visits last week by May and her colleagues to the Grenfell Tower disaster sites have been badly handled, ineffective and twitchy.  EPA/SEAN DEMPSEY

Philip Hammond’s television appearances today reminded me of Nigel Lawson’s deadly critique of Margaret Thatcher in a landmark interview with Brian Wa(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May outlining her plans for Brexit on Tuesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Customs controls on the Border are likely to return when the UK leaves the European Union, after British prime minister Theresa May said she wants to (...)

Martyn Irvine in Road to Rio

There’s a fascinating moment, among quite a few, in the first episode of RTÉ’s four-part documentary Road to Rio (Sunday to Wednesday, RTÉ2), in whic(...)

A Spanish-born Eurosceptic and Brexit champion, Michael Portillo is not  looking for the true history and legacy of the locomotive America but a more elusive ideal of England, one that has gone firmly off the rails.

All political careers end in failure, we know, but at least one is bound for Gettysburg. At least, that’s the destination of Michael Portillo’s Grea(...)

’The sensitive way in which the Government has handled the centenary has been notable.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As I was standing in the media enclosure close to the GPO on Easter Sunday, looking across at the seated dignitaries, I felt increasingly that unionis(...)

The Yukon, the westernmost territory of Canada is one of the remotest places in the world with only 38,000 people in nearly half a billion square kilometres

My partner and I would like to visit the Yukon in June/July for about 18 days. It is so vast we need advice on what sites to visit and how to travel,(...)

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