Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

The object of her gaze, she explained, was the number “77”, formed in stone above a stain-glass window, on an arched lintel

Readers will have to forgive me returning yet again to Rathmines Catholic Church, whose Russian-accented dome and Irish republican history were the su(...)

‘If the market couldn’t solve a housing crisis when we were building at a rate scarcely ever matched in any country, it is never going to do so.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

The headline says: “Government rejects Commission of Inquiry over Irish housing.” The subhead adds: “Widespread criticism over failure to deal with ho(...)

Eamon de Valera speaking in 1969. Photograph: The Irish Times

Eamon de Valera was never a republican, and his support and that of other Irish nationalist leaders for an Irish republic during the War of Independen(...)

Children taking part in a Music Generation event earlier this year. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Young people don’t have to be the next Mozart to gain benefits from music education. They don’t have to spend all day working on their musical theory (...)

Thomas Ashe. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

According to many historians, there was only one outright military success on the rebel side during the 1916 Rising – many acts of heroism and valour (...)

The former Christian Brothers industrial school at Letterfrack, Co Galway, where Peter Tyrrell was taken in 1924. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Is it bad manners, in this week of commemoration, to think about a kid born in Ireland in 1916, a real child of the nation? I can’t help thinking of o(...)

Éamon de Valera addresses a meeting during the 1948 general election: he expected to taoiseach again. Photograph: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images

When John A Costello emerged as taoiseach of Ireland’s first coalition 66 years ago, it came as a surprise to everyone – and an unpleasant shock to tw(...)

Tony Gregory’s deal with former taoiseach Charles Haughey was read into the Dáil record to some shock in 1982.

One healthy feature of Irish democracy is that election outcomes are not always predictable and can push parties and others outside their normal comfo(...)

The blue cotton military-style shirt with epaulettes and breast pockets and embroidered shield-shaped Fine Gael badge stitched to the left breast will be auctioned on October 17th

It’s one of the best-known uniforms in Irish political history but the real thing is very rare. An actual shirt and belt of the Army Comrades’ Associa(...)

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