Neil Blaney

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Jack Lynch: such was the taoiseach’s condition that he was brought whiskey to steady his nerves

When Fianna Fáil returned to office in June 1969 it would be the last election for three decades in which violence in Northern Ireland would not form (...)

Garda Richard Fallon’s family surrounded by mourners at his funeral in 1970. Photograph: Fallon family

Finian Fallon has few memories of his father. “I can remember his uniform and how rough it was, the roughness of the material, and I can remember him(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is mistaken in his view that soaring residential towers should form part of any strategy to deal with the current housing emergency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than half-a-century ago, as Dublin was experiencing a housing crisis, then minister for local government Neil Blaney was persuaded by constructio(...)

WT  Cosgrave, former President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, and his son  Liam Cosgrave (right) at the Phoenix Park races in 1960

Liam Cosgrave was an uncompromising and often controversial political figure. His record as taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 was mixed but he can be cr(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

Bobby Molloy, who has died age 80, was a long serving cabinet Minister and a founder of the Progressive Democrats who was a TD for almost four decades.

Bobby Molloy, who has died age 80, was a long serving cabinet Minister and a founder of the Progressive Democrats who was a TD for almost four decades(...)

Ballymun: on the estate in 1996; the last high-rise was demolished in 2015. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Rex

In December 1963 The Irish Times carried a less than thrilling news story headed “Farmers study artificial hay-drying.” It probably seemed immensely b(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent TD supporting minority Fianna Fail-led governments. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

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