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The National Transport Authority stresses the handover of 24 bus routes to Go-Ahead isn’t privatisation. The service would remain under NTA control, it would set fares and determine schedules, and the fleet would remain in State control. Photograph: Alan Betson

Talk of the privatisation of Dublin Bus services – and what would happen if any government tried it – is almost as old as the company itself. The Pro(...)

Past visions of the future: Then minister for public enterprise Mary O’Rourke launches the world’s first internet television, Mitsubshi’s netset. Photograph: Maxwells

A report revealing pathetic broadband speeds in Ireland frayed tempers in business sector bodies this past week, which warned of potential job losses (...)

Robert “Pino” Harris in 2008.

Robert “Pino” Harris dramatically changed the Irish commercial road transport market when he started to import Hino trucks from Japan in 1968, eventua(...)

Publicity shot: Cllr Leo Varadkar running in Dublin West for Fine Gael in the 2007 general election.

February 23rd, 1999 Mary O’Rourke’s outburst reveals either a breathtaking ignorance of European law and politics or, worse still, a calculated an(...)

Jennifer Zamparelli, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea from Breakfast Republic on 2FM. Photograph: RTÉ

If, for some reason, you ever find yourself compelled to listen to Breakfast Republic (2FM, weekdays), here’s a handy tip. If you tune in after the 9a(...)

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion in schools. However, many say it is often close to impossible to do so. Photograph: iStock

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion classes in schools. The Catholic church, which controls about 90 per cent o(...)

Sr Christopher was born in 1920 and hailed from the town of Boyle

Long ago “small ads” were very evident in all local newspapers, after all, there was no Facebook or any of the other ways of getting information, so m(...)

Minister for education Donogh O’Malley in 1966, the year he announced the introduction of free second-level education. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It is 50 years since Fianna Fáil minister for education Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education. It was not a radical policy(...)

Responding to an open letter in The  Irish Times, Simon Coveney said the new system was designed to allow libraries remain open beyond ‘normal hours.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Housing and Local Government Simon Coveney has defended staffless libraries saying they are not there to replace staff. Responding to an(...)

Ann Lenihan at the funeral in 2011 of her son Brian Lenihan, formerly  minister for finance,  at St Mochta’s Chrch, Porterstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ann Lenihan, mother of late former finance minister Brian Lenihan and wife of deceased tánaiste Brian Lenihan snr, has died. It is reported Ms Lenih(...)

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