John Bruton

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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(...)

 Former minister for housing  Eoghan Murphy in 2019. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A sudden resignation by a sitting TD from the Dáil is a rare event. You could count the number who have stepped down in the past 20 years on the fing(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach John Bruton and British prime minister John Major at Downing Street on November 28th, 1995. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/Pool/Reuters

Former British prime minister John Major was “reluctant” to talk to then taoiseach John Bruton on the phone because their private conversations were a(...)

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