Tim Pat Coogan: my father abandoned thoughts of practising law and at 24 became the first deputy commissioner of An Garda. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In considering the purge of senior Garda officers revealed in the newly released State Papers, the historical background against which the crackdown t(...)

Botswana’s president Ian Khama at his desk in Gaborone, Botswana, on September 19th. Photograph: Siyabonga Sishi/Reuters
Happy 50th birthday, Botswana
  • Africa
  • September 30, 2016, 00:38

Our commemoration of the 1916 Rising invites us to reflect on other countries’ emergence from a colonial past especially when they too celebrate a sig(...)