Sean Lemass

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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(...)

Ireland has no option but to continue insist on a backstop in the Brexit withdrawal agreement in order to prevent the return of a hard Irish border, economist Jim Power has said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Ireland has no option but to continue insist on a backstop in the Brexit withdrawal agreement in order to prevent the return of a hard Irish border, e(...)

Jim Power will give the oration at this year’s Béal na Bláth commemoration in West Cork. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Michael Collins had the most progressive economic view of all the revolutionary generation , not seen again until Sean Lemass, Jim Power has said. A(...)

Grace O’Sullivan (right) with  Mícheál and Carmel Raghaill on their doorstep in Tramore: notice on the door tells  canvassers not to call if they aren’t “naturists”.

While many people welcome the opportunity to bellow at canvassers in the interest of democracy, not everyone is pleased to see them beetling up the ga(...)

Donogh O’Malley’s announcement of his intention to introduce free secondary education sparked the ire of the Department of Finance. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Not all doom-laden Department of Finance warnings over ambitious public spending plans necessarily come to pass. While the department tasked with kee(...)

Hannah Lemass: “It’s not a surprise that I would have a strong sense of civic responsibility given my family’s connections to politics.” Photograph: Brian Crehan

During the recording of what became known as the Lemass Tapes, published in The Irish Times last June, former taoiseach Seán Lemass was asked in 1967 (...)

Lot 25: Tralee by Jack B Yeats an oil once owned by two former taoisigh. (estimate €150,000–€200,000)

The forthcoming Irish Art auction by deVeres at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street on March 26th will offer almost 150 lots, spanning t(...)

Goldfinches at feeder. Illustration: Michael Viney

The peanuts for our bird feeders, bought at the Westport co-op, came from Argentina in a 50kg sack that took both of us to haul from the car boot into(...)

Professor Louden Ryan (right), then chairman of the National Planning Board in 1984 with Dr Peter Bacon, director of the board secretariat. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times .

Louden Ryan, one of the State’s most influential economists and one of Trinity College Dublin’s most charismatic professors, has died, at the age of 9(...)

Cpt Ciara Ní Ruairc,  from Kildare, is part of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which was first deployed in 1991

It’s not everyone’s choice of a spot to spend the summer – a dugout in the Golan Heights, or a live-fire training camp in Mali – although there are ot(...)

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