Sean Lemass

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As minister for education in the late 1960s, Donogh O’Malley opened up secondary education to all Irish people. Photograph: Eddie Kelly / The Irish Times

Every now and then, an opportunity arises for a country to fundamentally reset expectations. One example was former minister for education Donogh O’Ma(...)

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What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you are engaged in the linguistic contortions Sinn Féin use to avoid calling the two political administrations on thi(...)

Civility as a civic and political virtue goes a lot deeper than mere politeness and has been in rather short supply for the past three years in the politics of Britain and (with few exceptions) in the politics of Northern Ireland since 1921.  It will be interesting to see if the anti-civility pathogen has spread South with an end to the extended Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael handfasting and in the current general election campaign. Photograph: PA

‘Civility costs nothing and is easily carried’, my father used to say. He was talking about ordinary politeness in everyday life, at work, in company (...)

Pat ‘the Lawnmower Man’ at Kearney’s on Convent Street in Tallow. ‘Give somebody a majority for five years and let them get on with it.’ Photograph: Mary Browne

“Rural Ireland is closed,” says Pat “The Lawnmower Man” from Tallow in west Waterford. He won’t give his last name – everyone knows him as The Lawnmo(...)

TK Whitaker  in 1975, when he was governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Tommy Collins

When the secretary of the Department of Finance TK Whitaker sought to change the direction of the Irish economy in the late 1950s, he faced many chall(...)

Leo Varadkar at a media briefing at Government Buildings in Dublin. The Taoiseach and Micheál Martin have recently traded sharp words as they begin to oversee the end of the confidence and supply agreement. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has challenged Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to force some of his TDs to support the Government in Dáil confidence motions (...)

Today’s the day. Yes, folks, on this date in 1962 we McGarrys became Ballaghaderreen blow-ins. We remain so, albeit joined since by Pakistanis, Syrian(...)

Sheila O’Leary, whose mother Lucy Agnes Smyth and father Thomas Francis Byrne were both in the GPO during the Easter Rising, died at the age of 97. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sheila O’Leary, whose parents were both in the GPO during the Easter Rising, has died at the age of 97. Mrs O’Leary nee Byrne was born in Dublin in D(...)

Qing dynasty reclining opium chair, €1,000-€1,500, Adam’s

Adam’s Asian Art sale on Tuesday, November 5th will feature almost 200 lots from China, Japan, India, Nepal and Tibet. Included along with important (...)

Circa 1955: taoiseach Éamon de Valera (1882 - 1975) with Frank Aiken (1898 - 1983). Photograph:  Sean Sexton/Getty Images

Current controversies about the place and role of Northern Ireland post-Brexit would be even more interesting if the participants were aware of a poli(...)

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