Robert Watt is moving from Merrion Street to Baggot Street to take up his new job as secretary general of the Department of Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Monopoly money is not just for Christmas, you know. So here are some sums. Cross the road outside Government Buildings on Merrion Street and turn lef(...)

Aaron Brady is preparing to appeal against his conviction for the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photograph: Collins

Aaron Brady will have no automatic entitlement to be released from his sentence for the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe and could spend the rest of(...)

The Rineen ambush monument. The ambush site was chosen carefully. Some 60 IRA men were positioned on hills on both sides of the road.

The Rineen ambush, which occurred 100 years ago today, was the largest by the IRA to that date in the War of Independence. Five Royal Irish Constabula(...)

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 (...)

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