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In 1967 just 3% of women attended a doctor in the last month of pregnancy and 6% in the final two. File photograph: The Irish Times Archive

Growing a baby in 2019 can bring a litany of symptoms, ailments and worries, so one can only imagine how more formidable it was when pregnancy was not(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

Robert Ballagh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

From the moment Robert Ballagh opens the door to his studio, there’s no mistaking who works there. The front room of the small house in Dublin’s north(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

Seán Lemass: The Lemass tapes will substantially re-shape our knowledge and understanding of Lemass himself, of Fianna Fáil in and out of government, and political history in the four decades after 1932.

Old tapes can throw new light on history. Seán Lemass was a politician who never wrote an autobiography, but he left behind an extraordinary series of(...)

From left: Dr Thomas Morris, archbishop of Cashel, president Éamon de Valera, Cardinal John D’Alton and taoiseach Seán Lemass at Dr Morris’s consecration at Thurles Cathedral in February 1960. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Seán Lemass may have lived during a time when the Catholic Church was dominant in Irish society, but, nevertheless, he always believed there was a str(...)

Portrait of Seán Lemass in Leinster House.

Harold MacMillan and the United Kingdom’s EEC membership “I do not think that either MacMillan or any member of the British government ever fully und(...)

Nikita Murtagh (centre, covered up) leaves court after she pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol in a train station. Photograph: Collins

A 21-year old woman who pleaded guilty to having a loaded gun in a buggy carrying a three-year-old child has been given a suspended sentence by the Sp(...)

Gardaí went into a unit in a business park in Rathcoole, Co Dublin and found an arsenal of firearms and ammunition, the Special Criminal Court was told.

Gardaí found a secret compartment in a van containing an assortment of bullets on the same premises that an “arsenal” of guns ready for use was discov(...)

 Mick Jones (left), Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of punk  band The Clash performing in about 1980. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘This was a baptism of fire.” Paul Tipping is remembering his time as the entertainments officer of the students union in Trinity College Dublin in 1(...)

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