Over a realistic time horizon, a wicked or ‘anti-ESG’ portfolio might offer the best available return. Photograph: Justin Lane/ EPA

A single phrase sums up the appeal of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing: “doing well by doing good”. ESG strategies, we are told, p(...)

Pineridge Farm is a regency-style country home overlooking Lough Poulaphouca

You know you’re in the countryside when distance to the local hostelry is measured in fields rather than kilometres. For Pineridge Farm, a regency-sty(...)

Robert Armstrong, ‘Kiribat’

Robert Armstrong: Squeegee Paintings ★★★★☆ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin  Soon, Robert Armstrong is off to Hong Kong for a spe(...)

Margaret Thatcher published her memoirs in 1993, whereas Haughey (pictured with the former British prime minister in May 1980) never wrote his. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

That the official records from the Department of the Taoiseach and of Foreign Affairs for 1988 are becoming available only now after 30 years leaves t(...)

Unionist leaders the Rev Ian Paisley and James Molyneaux. They were described respectively as a “bigot” and “inconsiderable” by the Conservative Party’s Lord Hailsham. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

During the negotiations which led to the historic Anglo-Irish Agreement signed by Garret FitzGerald and Margaret Thatcher at Hillsborough in November (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey waves to supporters outside Leinster House after his election as taoiseach in 1987. Photograph: Jack Mc Manus

When Charles Haughey replaced Garret FitzGerald as taoiseach in March 1987 there were fears the Anglo Irish Agreement might collapse and the governmen(...)

Northern secretary Tom King (left) with minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan in Dublin in September 1987. Irish officials reckoned King had “moved a considerable distance” since his “appallingly bad” start. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

1987 was an election year in both the Republic and in Britain: Charles Haughey returned to the Taoiseach’s office in March and Margaret Thatcher forme(...)

Gerry Adams was among hundreds of republicans held without trial in Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has launched a legal bid to overturn two historical convictions for attempting to escape from prison. Mr Adams has start(...)

Orange Order protest rally in March 1986 against the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Having lain undisturbed in the Military Archives for the last three decades, the Defence Forces’ plans for a possible invasion of Northern Ireland off(...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher flanked by Geoffrey Howe and Tom King wave goodbye after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in Hillsborough, Co Down, in May 1985. Photograph: Pat Langan

A snub to a direct rule minister over a UDR regimental dinner in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Agreement provoked the ire of the Northern Ireland secre(...)

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