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Team Lotto rider  Tim Wellens celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage 14  of the Vuelta a España from Lugo to Ourense. Photograph:  Miguel Riopa/AFP via Getty Images

The bike and the body language were both in fighting mode and Dan Martin clearly hasn’t given up the chase, the main obstacle now between regaining hi(...)

 Canada’s Michael Woods celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage 7 of the Vuelta a España from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia. Photograph:   Ander Gillenea/AFP via Getty Images

It came down to the equivalent of a middle distance kick in which case there could only be one winner, Michael Woods once again doing on his bicycle w(...)

Micheál Martin: Maybe he’s been worn down in the two decades since. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

In 1999 the young Micheál Martin was serving in his first cabinet position, as minister for education in Bertie Ahern’s government. In April and May o(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was minister for children when the 2002 deal indemnifying all 18 religious congregations against any future legal actions taken against them by survivors of abuse in the institutions they ran was agreed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State’s decision in 2002 to indemnify 18 religious congregations that had run residential institutions for children against legal claims above €12(...)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams and actor Sharon Stone, with Lord Mayor of Belfast Daniel Baker signing a book of condolence for Seamus Mallon, on Saturday. Photograph: Presseye/PA Wire

The funeral of Seamus Mallon, the former deputy first minister who was one of the architects of the North’s peace process, will take place in Co Armag(...)

 Seamus Mallon giving a radio interview at  Parliament Buildings, Stormont,   Belfast, in November 1999. File photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

The funeral of former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon will take place on Monday. Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armag(...)

Christine Buckley and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at a ceremony in The Aislinn Centre in March 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

On May 11th, 1999, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern apologised on behalf of the Irish people to those who had spent their childhoods in residential insti(...)

The late Christine  Buckley with Bertie Ahern: She had “a very clear view about the importance of the State’s responsibility and the apology.” Photograph: Charlie Collins

Looking back, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern remains convinced the apology he offered on May 10th, 1999, to those held in religious-run institutions wa(...)

Michael McDowell: ‘No church is entitled to say to the Irish State: ‘Our law is superior to your law.’’ Photograph: Collins Courts

The State “effectively signed a blank cheque” in agreeing the controversial 2002 indemnity deal with 18 religious congregations, the then attorney gen(...)

 Bertie Ahern speaks to Parish Priest Fr Liam Ó Cuív at St Brigid’s Church in Killester.  The former taoiseach was among mourners at the funeral of former Secretary to the Department of Finance Sean Cromien. Photograph: The Irish Times

The former Secretary to the Department of Finance Sean Cromien was described at his funeral as a very “ordinary” man from a humble background who rose(...)

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