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Then government chief whip Séamus Brennan with Pat Rabbitte, Paul Bradford, Desmond O’Malley and John Gormley at a photocall on February 25th, 2002, to mark the introduction of electronic voting in the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwells/Handout

Thirty years ago, in 1989, Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley suggested to his coalition partner Charlie Haughey that it might be a good ide(...)

Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

The late Michael Lynch celebrating an election with supporters. Photograph: Paul McCabe/Meath Chronicle

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has paid tribute to former Co Meath TD and senator Michael Lynch, who has died at the age of 84. Mr Lynch was elec(...)

Ruth McGahey in her home in  Bective, Co Meath. Photograph: Tom Honan

“My good friend Róisín used to walk by this house on her way to work every day and when I mentioned we were thinking about packing in London life, she(...)

The Kirwans’ open-plan livnig space

Co Wicklow residents Joyce and Jonathan Kirwan were just about to embark on a big extension and refurbishment of their family home, when their plans t(...)

The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Sitting in a control room in East Wall in Dublin, Kevin O’Rourke and his team watch on a bank of screens as a car leaving Dublin Port slows to a stop (...)

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Army might be needed at the Border following Brexit. Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

There are times in Irish political life when pointing out the blindingly obvious is discouraged. Those of you old enough will remember the debate duri(...)

A montage of images of UCD’s “gentle revolution in 1968-69. Photograph: The University Observer

In Paris, May 1968, a student protest over university reform drew a heavy-handed response from the authorities, leading to widespread worker strikes. (...)

MacGill Summer School’s founder and director Joe Mulholland plans to recruit a young researcher to help him recruit a wider variety of speakers. Photograph: Eric Luke

A joke has been doing the rounds in recent weeks that across the country prominent women were afraid to answer the phone in case it was the organiser (...)

Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone No 27

Orla Kelly, designer and colour consultant The colour that people find hardest to pick is a good neutral, by that I mean a colour somewhere between o(...)

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