Sean Lemass

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From left: Taoiseach Seán Lemass, minister for industry and commerce Jack Lynch, and TK Whitaker, secretary of the Department of Finance, at Dublin Airport on their way to London for a meeting with British prime minister Harold Wilson  in November 1964 on the imposition of the British import surcharge on Irish goods. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Seán Lemass, who became taoiseach on June 23rd, 1959, at the age of 59, after Éamon de Valera was elected president of Ireland, never wanted the job, (...)

From left: Dr Thomas Morris, archbishop of Cashel, president Éamon de Valera, Cardinal John D’Alton and taoiseach Seán Lemass at Dr Morris’s consecration at Thurles Cathedral in February 1960. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Seán Lemass may have lived during a time when the Catholic Church was dominant in Irish society, but, nevertheless, he always believed there was a str(...)

Portrait of Seán Lemass in Leinster House.

Harold MacMillan and the United Kingdom’s EEC membership “I do not think that either MacMillan or any member of the British government ever fully und(...)

Seán Lemass and Éamon de Valera at a memorial mass for Michael Collins in Dublin Castle in June 1969. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The relationship between Éamon de Valera and Seán Lemass is arguably the most important relationship between two Irish politicians in the history of t(...)

The assembly line at the Ford Motor Company in Cork where the Escort and Cortina were made

By the time that motor assembly finally came to an end in Ireland in 1984, there were in excess of 100 companies making automotive parts here. This wa(...)

The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens in Beaufort, Killarney opened last week after 18 months of refurbishment and €19 million expenditures. The blocky hotel (...)

The spring Ideal Home Show is back at the RDS on April 20th-22nd.

“There is a huge buzz about renovations at the moment,” says Sean Lemass, managing director of show organiser SDL Exhibitions. “We are seeing more inv(...)

 A view of a park in Ballybrack, Co Dublin, during the recent snow. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The “Beast from the East” was melting into the pavements and front gardens of Ballybrack – consigned to memories and history – when we visited the pla(...)

John Redmond, John Bruton suggested, was a “better model for a 21st-century world than are those who did not accept the necessity for compromise”.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he could envisage a successor of his coming from the unionist tradition. Mr Varadkar referenced the controversial decisi(...)

Political portraits: Peter Dwan’s favourite is that of Charles Mr Haughey, which showed “great presence”

A unique series of portraits of all 13 former taoisigh has unexpectedly come to light, and will be sold at auction next week. But the identity of the (...)

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