Charlie Haughey

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Within two years of his election to the Dáil, Albert Reynolds was appointed to cabinet under Charles Haughey

Showman and dealmaker defied detractors when he brokered peace in North It was a Sunday sometime in the late 1960s. My father and I were trundli(...)

Des O’Malley with Mary Harney. Photograph: Pat Langan

Des O’Malley has been described as a “giant of politics” and mould-breaking leader who the State owes a “significant debt of gratitude”. Mr O’Malley,(...)

Ten years ago poet and Fianna Fáil supporter Thomas McCarthy said the party was ‘not a political philosophy, as such’ but rather the combination of men, and it was largely men, of ‘certain social origins and frustrated private hopes’.

Ten years ago, just before Fianna Fáil’s decimation in the 2011 general election, poet Thomas McCarthy reflected in a column on the way in which Fiann(...)

Sam McAughtry: Born in Belfast on March 24th, 1921, just weeks before the Government of Ireland Act introduced partition, he lived for most of the divided century that followed.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The writer and broadcaster Sam McAughtry, formerly of this parish among others, would have been 100 on Wednesday. Born in Belfast on March 24th, 1921,(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and  deputy leader Catherine Martin. Ryan barely survived the leadership contest with Martin last year.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

You just cannot overstate how important this week was for the Greens. The Climate Action Bill was published. This is not just another programme for (...)

Kieran Cotter is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Brigid and their sons.

Tributes have been paid to one of the country’s longest serving RNLI volunteers who is stepping down after almost half a century of life saving includ(...)

In the Seanad in 1974, Mary Robinson tackled the personal and legal limbo of children born out of wedlock

More than four decades – shamefully – now separate us from the initial, courageous effort made by Mary Robinson and others to spotlight and remedy the(...)

The workforce at the Ford motor company in Cork

RTÉ catches a lot of flack over the uneven quality of its scripted drama and comedy but one genre at which the broadcaster has long excelled are docum(...)

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen said it is an ‘abuse’ of the system that high earners benefit from the exemption.

Career politicians and highly paid sports people writing their memoirs should not get significant tax exemptions aimed at “starving artists in the gar(...)

Gillian Anderson as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher

In one respect at least, Margaret Thatcher has caught up with her political hero. Like Winston Churchill (always “Winston” to the eventual Baroness), (...)

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