Westport House is the venue for a forthcoming study day,  which will dig deep into the history of the house and demesne

Now that Halloween has departed with a final rattle of its skeleton and hiss of its vampire teeth, it’s time to prepare yourself a cosy nest where you(...)

Denise McMorrow at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis, in the RDS, Dublin: “We need to be very radical in our approach to address the housing crisis.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

DENISE McMORROW Dublin Central On Micheál Martin’s leadership “He’s done a good job in keeping Fianna Fáil to the fore in a climate that’s very chal(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton: has commented on the irony that, 100 years on, it is the bulk of unionists who want to exit from the customs union and free trade area of the EU, regardless of the economic cost, while nationalist Ireland is almost unanimous in its desire to ensure free trade continues. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Picture the scene. A gathering of civic society leaders from all parts of Ireland, and a few leading politicians, attempting to find a way to preserve(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen with wife Mary after he was  conferred with an honorary doctorate of law. Photograph: Alan Betson

This article comes with a health warning. It describes scenes involving Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and sundry members of the last Fianna Fáil governmen(...)

Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams and Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin at Stormont last January. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It was a tremendous achievement to sustain the Northern Ireland Executive for nearly 10 years without interruption. I was glad to have the opportunity(...)

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)

Prince Charles lays a wreath to the dead of the 1916 Easter Rising during a visit to Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin Ireland on Friday. Photograph:   Aidan Crawley/EPA

Prince Charles has laid wreaths in honour of the Irish and British people who died in the first and second World Wars and in the Easter Rising at Glas(...)

(From  left) First Minister Ian Paisley, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern  inside the main hall of Stormont Assembly in Belfast in 2007, following a deal struck between the Democratic Unionist Party  and Sinn Féin in March.  Photograph: Niall Carson/Pool/PA

On an October evening in 1986, in Dublin’s Mansion House, Martin McGuinness, then an energetic 36-year-old, faced down republican traditionalists who (...)

Haughey family members including Seán Haughey (left) and Ciarán Haughey (right) escort the remains of Maureen Haughey at her funeral at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Maureen Haughey (91), who died on St Patrick’s Day, used to joke that her late father, former taoiseach Seán Lemass, could never pronounce the word lo(...)

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