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Vincent Brady: in both his political and business life, he showed that strength of character and perseverance can overcome all obstacles

Former Fianna Fail minister and businessman Vincent Brady, who died on October 6th, 2020, was a quietly spoken man, always courteous, non-confrontatio(...)

Donogh O’Malley with a portrait of Eamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Generations of Irish people have reason to be grateful to an Irish politician who was born 100 years ago on January 18th. His name was Donogh O’Malley(...)

Minister for foreign affairs Gerry Collins, taoiseach Charles Haughey, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and British foreign secretary Douglas Hurd

The nascent faultline between Britain and the EU that would eventually lead to Brexit was evident 30 years ago during private meetings between taoisea(...)

Bina McLoughlin: reached international audiences through her walk-on role as a shepherdess in Jim Sheridan’s 1990 movie, The Field.

Since she was the Queen of Connemara, and her powers and skills in sorcery meant she could put curses on all and sundry, even on such high-flying poli(...)

Paddy Terry: his career was one of high achievement. It was also unique in that it continued long after normal retirement age and spanned over 70 years of public service.

Paddy Terry (March 11th, 1920 – September 28th, 2020), a former senior official in the Department of Justice and parliamentary draftsman in the Attorn(...)

The former Fianna Fail minister for defence and Dublin TD Vincent Brady, pictured here in 2010, has died.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

The former Fianna Fail minister for defence and Dublin TD Vincent Brady has died. Mr Brady was first elected to the Dáil for the constituency of Dub(...)

Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the presidency. The next year he paid the same again, while he had paid none at all in 10 of the previous 15 years – largely because he has consistently reported losing hundreds of millions of dollars more than he made. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/ EPA

The picture emerging from the New York Times’s leak of President Trump’s tax filings appears to be of a businessman who defies the laws of economic gr(...)

Ernest Blythe: cut the old-age pension by a shilling a week in his 1924 budget

One of the most “unlucky deeds” ever carried out by a minister for finance was when Ernest Blythe cut the old-age pension by one shilling per week in (...)

Charlie Haughey arrived in Paris in 1987 to celebrate Stephen Roche’s Tour de France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It has been a shambolic week for poor old Ireland. In addition to lurching from calamity to travesty over a golf game, the Government has managed to d(...)

A midlands meat plant. It has been clear almost from the start of the coronavirus crisis here that meat plants are a major hazard. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Imagine how bad things would have to get for TDs to be recalled from their holidays. There would probably need to be some terrible freak event such as(...)

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