Sean Donlon

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Former Irish ambassador to Washington Séan Donlon said taoisigh are not prevented from raising issues of importance during their visit to the White House for St Patrick’s Day. Photograph; The Irish Times.

Former Irish ambassador to Washington Séan Donlon has defended Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s plans to visit US president Donald Trump in the White House on S(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich: in Australia on “private visit” during pope’s trip. Photograph: PA Wire

The late Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich managed to “insinuate himself” into a visit by Pope John Paul II to Australia, even though he was not invited, a lett(...)

 Sean Donlon is best known for the role he played in the Northern Ireland peace process. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former diplomat Seán Donlon has been named as the new chair of the Press Council of Ireland. Mr Donlon, pictured, was appointed following a public c(...)

Tough-minded negotiator: Peter Barry, left, then minister for foreign affairs, with Tom King, then Northern Ireland secretary, in Iveagh House, Dublin, 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Peter Barry, who died on Friday, aged 88, had a long career in politics but will be chiefly remembered for his contribution to the Anglo-Irish Agreeme(...)

The government authorised the minister for foreign affairs  to submit the harp and shamrock to the World Intellectual Property Organisation for registration as trademarks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The registration of the harp and the shamrock as Irish emblems was delayed because of a row between departments over who should carry the costs. The(...)

Seán Lemass with Dr Jeremiah Newman (left) and the Very Rev Maurice Morrissey (in 1963):  Dr Newman said Catholic politicians were “not entitled to follow their consciences in a void, as though a teaching authority did not exist in the Catholic Church”. Photograph: Tommy Collins

FIONA GARTLAND Confidential notes from officials working at the Irish Embassy to the Holy See reveal concerns over legislation liberalising the acces(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey signs copies of the New Ireland Forum’s report in May 1984. Haughey initially opposed the subsequent Anglo-Irish Agreement. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Every major political breakthrough requires significant imagination and courage. The Anglo-Irish Agreement was Margaret Thatcher’s Nixon to China mome(...)

 Taoiseach Dr Gatret FtizGerald and the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It was shortly before 8am on the morning of November 15th, 1985, and I was one of a group of journalists who gathered at Dublin airport for a flight t(...)

Garret  FitzGerald  with Mr Tip O’Neill (right), speaker of the US House of Representatives, and congressman Dan Rostenkowaki  at Dromland Castle, Co Clare in 1984. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

‘Your paper is Dublin? That’s south of the Border, right?” This was Governor Ronald Reagan, in an interview in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 10th, 1(...)

Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985

The Anglo-Irish Agreement of November 15th, 1985 was formally abjured by the British and Irish governments on April 10th, 1998 as a key concession to (...)

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