John Bruton

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Then taoiseach John Bruton got legal advice in 1996 on a decision apparently related to the possibility of a restoration of a Provisional IRA ceasefire. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In October 1996, the then attorney general, Dermot Gleeson, sent a memo to John Bruton, in which he sought to distil for the then taoiseach the pros a(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald delivers a speech at the party’s ardfheis in Dublin in October. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

So say all of us soundbite of the year Senator David Norris for this simple truth: “The trouble with Covid is it would bore the knickers off a saint.(...)

Gráinne McEvoy was recently among the key players in a review of differential pricing in the insurance market. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

The Central Bank’s former director of consumer protection, Gráinne McEvoy, is set to join the Irish operation of US investments giant Pimco early next(...)

President Michael D Higgins has said he will not revisit his decision to refuse an invitation to attend a commemorative church service in Armagh next month. File photograph: Rollingnews

One week on, the decision by President Michael D Higgins to decline an invitation to a church service marking the centenary of Northern Ireland’s crea(...)

The former minister Mervyn Taylor pictured in 1997. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former government minister Mervyn Taylor has died at the age of 89. Mr Taylor became the first person of the Jewish faith to become a cabinet ministe(...)

Tony Blair: the prime minister  was left ‘angry, disillusioned and betrayed’ after the murder of John Graham and David Johnston. Photograph: Adam Butler/ AP Photo

The murder of two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers in 1997 led newly elected British prime minister Tony Blair to doubt whether he could deal with S(...)

Then-taoiseach John Bruton at the United Nations General Assembly in June  1997. File photograph: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

John Bruton was “as good a taoiseach as we are likely to get”, according to a senior British civil servant in 1997. The former taoiseach was describe(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

“It’s like a triumvirate, in the Roman style,” says one Government staffer, half serious, half in jest, reflecting on the three-headed leadership of t(...)

Minister for justice Nora Owen following the removal for murdered journalist Veronica Guerin on June 29th, 1996.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Nora Owen remembers exactly what she was doing when she heard Veronica Guerin had been murdered. The former minister for justice had just returned to (...)

The pandemic has presented Ireland with an opportunity to wipe its slate clean and make fundamental changes.

Now that we know we can do things differently when we have to, we asked leading experts and specialists across a range of sectors for changes that wil(...)

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