Sinn Féin won the highest share of the popular vote (24.5%) ahead of Fianna Fáil with 22%, but it won fewer Dáil seats than Fianna Fáil – 37 versus 38 . Photograph: iStock

When does a new government have to be formed by? There is no deadline for this as there are, in legal and constitutional terms, no rules on forming a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey waves to supporters outside Leinster House after his election as taoiseach in 1987. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Files from the Department of the Taoiseach show there was unconfined joy among some of Charlie Haughey’s most fervent supporters when he returned as t(...)

Willie John McBride was unrepentant about his decision to take part in the controversial World Rugby XV tour in apartheid South Africa in 1989. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty Images

The Irish Rugby Football Union’s decision to allow members to participate in the controversial World Rugby XV tour in apartheid South Africa in August(...)

Peter Pringle was convicted of killing two gardaí following a 1980 bank robbery, but he won an appeal against his conviction in 1995.

A man who escaped a death sentence over the murders of two gardaí has lost his High Court case seeking damages for wrongful arrest. Peter Pringle (8(...)

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 (...)

Nine-year-old Patrick Rooney was  the first child to be killed in the Troubles in Belfast in 1969. Pictured are his  brother Con Rooney and mother Alice  at there home in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the opening days of the Troubles. Here Susan McKay starts a week-long series of articles where she looks backs(...)

A lunch Charles Haughey hosted for the Saudi crown prince Abdullah at Malahide Castle in November 1988 exceeded government spending limits on the basis that “entertainment by the Taoiseach must be of a very high standard”. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The 1980s were a time of severe austerity in Ireland. A ballooning budget deficit and double-digit unemployment threatened the viability of the State (...)

Dr Patrick Hillery at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Pat Langan

President Patrick Hillery came under pressure in 1988 to carry out a State visit to the Vatican in order to facilitate a second visit by Pope John Pau(...)

Dr John Hillery said many doctors are finding themselves in ‘ethically compromising situations’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The president of the College of Psychiatrists Ireland has resigned as a consultant psychiatrist in the HSE in protest over the treatment of staff and (...)

President Michael D Higgins: “Michael D is regarded as unbeatable if he goes again,’’ said one long-time Leinster House observer.  Photograph: Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins will have history on his side if, as expected, he seeks a second term in the Arás. Speculation is mounting he will be an a(...)

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