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Former tánaiste Michael McDowell: says present system for electing the Seanad is ludicrous

A former tánaiste has made a scathing attack on a Coalition proposal to abolish Seanad Éireann, deriding it as a “cheap stunt by which all poli(...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel, some 120km south of Hamburg, Germany, in 1986. Photograph: Jockel Fink/AP Photo

Ten years ago in England people rarely told you what they earned. Even advertisements for jobs gave only parameters and areas and hints. Not figure(...)

Miners leader Arthur Scargill, president of the NUM, addressing a rally in Barnsley in 1984.

Davey Hopper, a proud, outspoken retired miner, who worked at the Wearmouth Colliery on which now stands Sunderland's FC's Stadium of Light, wa(...)

So far, Lincolnshire has seen the erection of more than 70 large turbines, while another 118 are in the pipeline

Three years ago Melvin Grosvenor won a planning battle against the building of eight 125m turbines near his home in Baumber, Lincolnshir(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has defended the party's performance in Government, saying the party would not retreat from its responsibility to turn t(...)

Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Fine Gael Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Labour’s problems are compounded by the fact that its own pre-election pledges and promises were made in laboratory conditions and could not be sustained. Photograph: Frank Miller

At times combing through the staff reports of the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund this week, you were reminded of the old can(...)

Nessa Childers arriving with Liz Mc Manus to the European Parliament election count at Punchestown in June 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

MARK HILLIARD MEP Nessa Childers has said any assertion by the Labour leadership that her resignation from the party was not a tough dec(...)

Elizabeth Brennan, Cathy Henderson and Mary Hunter working on the 1913 Lockout Tapestry. The creative process is a collective experience, with each of the panels created by members of craft,  community and prison groups. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The thing to remember about the 1913 Lockout Tapestry is that it’s not a tapestry. “It’s not a tapestry,” says Helen Jakobsen, a member (...)

Nessa Childers with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore at the Ireland East count in Punchestown, Co Kildare, in June 2009.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a Sunday in early June 2009, I was chatting off-air to a leading Labour Party figure in RTÉ during European election result programmes. I wo(...)

 Nessa Childers arriving with Liz Mc Manus at the European Count East Constituency, Punchestown in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour MEP Nessa Childers has resigned from the Labour parliamentary party, saying she does not want to support a Government that is hurting pe(...)

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