John Bruton

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Former Fine Gael leader John Bruton: “The 1916 leaders explicitly took the opposite side in this war to their fellow Irishmen in the trenches.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

John Bruton last night repeated his strong reservations about the commemoration of the 1916 Rising, opening up clear differences with the Taoiseach a(...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)

Enda Kenny didn’t mention his predecessor by name. The Taoiseach didn’t have to, everyone knew exactly what he was talking about. And his swipe at Joh(...)

The Woodenbridge first World War Memorial Park in Co Wicklow, formally opened last month. The memorial, 15 stone pillars on which the names of the dead and their townlands are inscribed, commemorates the approximately 1,200 men from all parts of Co Wicklow who died in the first World War. It is inscribed with the lines of Francis Ledwidge’s poem below. Photograph: Jack McManus

“Is it too much to hope that out of this situation there may spring a result which will be good not merely for the Empire, but good for the future wel(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton and his brother Richard Bruton, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has defended his brother John’s decision to highlight the importance of the Home Rule Bill of 1914 but said that the (...)

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has taken issue with former Fine Gael leader John Bruton over his comments about the Easter Rising of 1916 Rising. File Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has taken issue with former Fine Gael leader John Bruton over his comments about the Easter Rising (...)

John Redmond, who was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until his death in 1918, remains a controversial figure in Irish history

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to put a monument to John Redmond in Leinster House. He has written to his Fine Gael predecessor John Bruton st(...)

Senator David Norris said the 1916 Rising leaders were ‘traitors to their own cause’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris described the 1916 leaders as “traitors’’ in sharp exchanges in the Seanad today.Mr Norris said he believed that W B (...)

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