Áine and George Ryan.

Since Daddy insists he is not “a f**king cripple” he refuses point blank to get into a wheelchair, even when his knees buckle under his bloated body. (...)

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 (...)

 Donogh O’Malley with a portrait of Eamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The recent national outbreak of people saying “bollocks”, in the Leinster House canteen and elsewhere, has prompted some readers to recall another fam(...)

 Nicola Golden with the Gold Scott Medal she collected on behalf of her late husband Garda Anthony Golden, who was murdered in Omeath. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The late Garda Tony Golden, who lost his life when intervening in a domestic violence incident in 2015, has been awarded the highest possible award fo(...)

“The rain here is absolute, magnificent, and frightening,” said Heinrich Böll. Above, 2014 flooding in Cork. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty caused commotion during the week with her contention that the public services card is “mandatory but not(...)

Watched by Labour Party leader Joan Burton, the new Dáil’s youngest TD, Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers (25), makes his acceptance speech after being elected for the Dublin West constituency. Photograph: Alan Betson

25: There will be a number of young TDs taking seats in Leinster House for the new Dáil, and Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers claims the honour of being th(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming topped the poll in Laois with one of the country’s largest quotas while re-elected Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan described (...)

Donogh O’Malley: “I believe that it is essential for a government from time to time to propound bold new policies which both catch the imagination of the people and respond to some widespread if not clearly formulated demand on their part”. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times.

In January Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys announced an €8 million project to improve facilities at the National Archi(...)

Former taoiseach Jack Lynch (right), with David Andrews (centre) and Sean Barrett at the official opening of the first multi-denominational school, Dalkey school Project National School, in 1984. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Are the snakes coming back? That was the question posed in 1976 by a nasty, sectarian and anonymous pamphlet circulated in response to the Da(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has cut short his visit to the United States for St Patrick’s Day following the death of his mother. Photograph: PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has cut short his visit to the United State for St Patrick’s Day following the death of his mother. (...)

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