Wesley Boyd

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Two of the pieces, by Louis le Brocquy, were commissioned by the State-owned public broadcaster.

RTÉ has denied an allegation that it will pay art auctioneers Sotheby’s 25 per cent commission to sell five arts works at public auction in November. (...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Daughter of Don Cockburn Evelyn Cockburn (wearing red scarf) during the funeral of former RTÉ newsreader Don Cockburn at the Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Long-serving RTÉ television news anchor Don Cockburnwas a deeply religious man who loved his family, community, radio and poetry and possibly invented(...)

No palm tree left unclimbed: Like a Fianna Fáil politician seeking the last vote up a mountain boreen, diplomats canvassed every remote corner of the oceans from the Comoros to Vanuatu. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The trigger has been pulled and the tortuous journey has begun. The diplomatic corps has been reshuffled. Experienced ambassadors have been assigned t(...)

“Every rumour prompted flight. We would head off with other families to spend the night, wrapped in blankets, in the fields above Ballysillan, looking down over the lough”

If rosary beads were found on the dead, they were assumed to be Catholic. The unidentified were buried in mass graves at the Catholic Milltown Cemeter(...)

It is estimated that more than 1,000 people died during the Belfast Blitz. Photograph: Belfast Telegraph

There is no doubt that a number of the German bombers that carried out raids on Northern Ireland 75 years ago, in which more than 1,000 people died, u(...)

Derek Davis presents Out Of The Blue

In 2008, I went to Dalkey to interview Derek Davis for the Sunday Tribune about his retirement from RTÉ. We meet in the Queens Bar and he spoke at len(...)

 Sir Edward Carson: he  was  willing to carry resistance to Home Rule to almost any length, legal or illegal. Photograph:    Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Edward Carson’s long shadow

Unlike Margaret Thatcher, an Irishman who toyed with treason and brought Ireland to the brink of bloody civil conflict was given a state funeral by th(...)