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Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage at Leinster House in January 2018 were (back row, from left): Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle, Alice Mary Higgins, Catherine Martin, Fiona O’Loughlin, Ivana Bacik, Denis O’Donovan, Cathaoirleach, and Senator Gabrielle McFadden; (front row, from left): Meg O’Brien, Megan O’Malley and Evelyn O’Keeffe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This year marks the centenary of the passing of the 1918 Act which provided Irish women with the right to vote for the first time. Legislation passed (...)

Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

Dáil Éireann: The First 100 Years, 1919-2019 Tuesday, December 11th; Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin; €20/€10 The Houses of the Oireachtas (...)

April 23rd: The History Hedge School. The cause of Labour? - the 1918 general strike against conscription Padraig Yeates, Sarah Ann Buckley, Todd Morr(...)

Women queuing up to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 General Election. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan During this Decade of Centenaries, my objective is to continue to bri(...)

Lea Taylor and Nicola Wright dressed in Suffragettes costume hold a mock protest on the Royal Mile on February 6th, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Irish State “failed women for far too long,” Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has said. Much of the idealism of the(...)

Constance Markievicz: like all Sinn Féin MPs she was elected on an abstentionist platform

A portrait of Constance Markievicz is to be presented to the House of Commons as part of a programme of events to mark 100 years since women got the v(...)

Paper Bloom by Katie Moore

Paper Bloom – Katie Moore Civic Offices, Ballina, Co Mayo ★★★★★ When the Mayo County Council arts office and the Jackie Clarke Collection in Balli(...)

The 1916 rebels took over the Eason building on  Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) and smashed the upstairs windows. Photograph: Dave Meehan

As a businessman Charles Eason suffered worse than most during Easter Week 1916. His flagship store on Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) was c(...)

Women serving in the Army, Navy and Air Corps form a guard of honour for President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony to honour the role of women from 1916 to 2016, on International Women’s Day, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Society must recall as fully as possible the part that women played in the 1916 Rising in laying the foundations for the Ireland of today, President (...)

The Rotunda’s chief librarian Anne O’Byrne prepares for the exhibition. “All of human life was here,” she says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Easter Monday, 1916. As the bullets ricocheted between the pillars of the GPO on O’Connell Street, you could hear the screaming. No one had been shot(...)

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