John Bruton

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Senator Ashraf Elshabrawi and Suliman Zubi, elected representatives from Egypt and Libya, attending the convention in Malahide over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for Dáil reform at a meeting of the constitutional convention.He said that the ceann comhairle of the day shou(...)

David O’Sullivan: considered to  be one of the EU’s most senior civil servants

Irishman David O’Sullivan is set to be appointed the next EU ambassador to Washington. Mr O’Sullivan (60), the top official at the EU’s foreign(...)

 Brian Cowen: It could be that Mr Cowen is reluctant to sit for a portrait, given that he ended his period as taoiseach under a cloud after the State was forced to accept an international bailout. Photograph: David Sleator

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen almost three years after he r(...)

There are several accomplished portrait painters around today to tackle Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s not surprising that most of the portraits of former taoisigh hanging in Leinster House do not scale the heights of artistic excellence. However, (...)

Edward de Bono, pictured in Dublin in 2007. His planned international centre in the city never materialised. Photograph: Eric Luke

The government lent its support to an ambitious plan by international business guru Edward de Bono to set up a largely tax-free conference centre in D(...)

Ivana Bacik
What Mandela meant to me
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  • December 6, 2013, 13:50

Ivana Bacik Senator and academicI think Nelson Mandela has had an immense impact on the world. He has been a shining example of the power of forgivene(...)

Alastair Campbell: ‘It saddens me the extent to which Bertie [Ahern] is denigrated because he was a really big part of the whole thing’

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern have written introductions for Alastair Campbell’s new book, The Irish Diaries, his record of the events leading up to the(...)

Det Chief Supt Eugene Corcoran, head of the Criminal Assets Bureau: “Our legislation doesn’t keep abreast of advances perhaps as quickly as it should.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On the morning of June 27th, 1996, then taoiseach John Bruton stood up in the Dáil and said he wished to make a statement. It was less than three week(...)

The Financial Services Centre in Dublin. “Ireland opposes the FTT because the IFSC lobby opposes it.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In some real and surreal ways, we do not live in a country. We live in a story. Ireland has always been, not just a place but a narrative, a tale we s(...)

Joan Burton Minister for Social Protection. There is a  sense that the Labour Party needs to assert its identity. Photograph:  Alan Betson

The trigger for some of the most prominent heaves against Irish party leaders in recent political history has been an adverse opinion poll. Despite hi(...)

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