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Bina McLoughlin: reached international audiences through her walk-on role as a shepherdess in Jim Sheridan’s 1990 movie, The Field.

Since she was the Queen of Connemara, and her powers and skills in sorcery meant she could put curses on all and sundry, even on such high-flying poli(...)

In Ireland, 380,000 people have asthma and 890,000 people will suffer from the condition at some stage of their lives. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Thirty years ago, Ireland was a different country environmentally. The annual winter shrouding of Dublin with thick smog – grimly accepted by most a(...)

Phil Hogan at Leinster House in 2011 for coalition talks between Fine Gael and Labour. ‘He was one of the few Irish politicians who have translated their undoubted abilities on the local and national stage to success on the European milieu.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Although the recent local election results provided the party with little to shout about,” stated a Young Fine Gael newsletter in 1986, “in Phil Hoga(...)

Gay Byrne and his wife, Kathleen Watkins in 1993

Was Gay Byrne a feminist? It was his fellow RTÉ presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan, who put this intriguing theory before the nation on Tuesday night, dur(...)

Gay Byrne in 1979: He was everybody and no one. File photograph: Eddie Kelly

In September 1993, I went on Gay Byrne’s Late Late Show. I had been writing in The Irish Times about Stay Safe, a schools programme designed to give c(...)

After four years as the European Union’s top diplomat in Washington, David O’Sullivan will soon leave the US capital – as well as the EU’s civil service. His role as EU ambassador has given him exposure to many of DC’s famous residents, including Barack and Michelle Obama. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

High on the 10th floor of the EU delegation building overlooking Washington Circle in downtown DC, David O’Sullivan is preparing to leave the office t(...)

A 70ft model of Gulliver  on Dollymount strand was among the projects for the Dublin Millennium. Photograph: Jack MacManus

The Republic’s capital celebrated the Dublin Millennium in 1988 even though, according to historians, the city was founded by the Vikings about 841. (...)

Lavinia Kerwick: 'He committed a heinous crime next to murder. There’s no forgiveness for that.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“My name is Lavinia.” More than 25 years after finding herself invisible and voiceless as a teenage rape victim in the legal system, Lavinia Kerwick s(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron are among several European leaders who do not have children. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Theresa May (British prime minister), Emmanuel Macron (president of France) and Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany). World leaders, and child-free. (...)

Former taoiseach   Charles Haughey   in 1987: He  wrote to ministers in May of that year and told them that  a “radical approach” should be adopted to spending cuts and that no expenditure should be regarded as “sacrosanct”. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A mood of heavy austerity is evident in the 1987 government files, with many proposed cuts to welfare benefits, including maternity and unmarried moth(...)

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