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Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan in 2013: Howlin is “a politician of government, not one of opposition”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strange times indeed. Stephen Donnelly has shimmied across the Opposition benches to Fianna Fáil. Mary Lou McDonald is making eyes at Fianna Fáil and (...)

The new Fine Gael front bench in June 1982, with taoiseach Garret FitzGerald seated third from left; current Taoiseach Enda Kenny, then newly appointed minister for the Gaeltacht, is standing first left. Photograph: Pat Langan

A letter from then taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, found on the 1986 attorney general file, warned all ministers of the “undesirable” nature of Cabinet l(...)

Long live the king?  Bertie Ahern is to be invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

June 1977 Bertie Ahern, a 25- year-old accounts clerk at the Mater hospital in Dublin, stands for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency of Dub(...)

The association is also seeking nominations for its Laochra Chiarraí award

The Kerry Association in Dublin is seeking nominations for its annual Kerry Person of the Year award. The association, which was formed in 1951, init(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with former Ireland international Brian O’Driscoll and Dick Spring, chairman of Ireland’s RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the third-largest global sporting event, was launched on Tuesday with determination and focus, polish(...)

Polling in the 1983 referendum. Garrett Fitzgerald sought to leave abortion law subject to legislation in the Dáil and outside the scope of the Constitution: Pat Langan / The Irish Times

It was in the early 1980s that the pro-life people approached Fianna Fáil asking that they promise an amendment to the Constitution to protect the lif(...)

World Rugby has officially ratified Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup along with those of France and South Africa.

World Rugby has officially ratified Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup along with those of France and South Africa. The Italian Rugby Fede(...)

Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlinsays the new government may not survive more than a few months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour party leader Brendan Howlin says the new government may not survive more than a few months and will not last for more than a year. “It is intr(...)

Former tánaiste, foreign minister and Labour Party leader Dick Spring

UK-based drinks group Quintessential Brands, which last month acquired Dublin Whiskey Company in a €10 million investment, has appointed former tánais(...)

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Dick Spring predicted yesterday “that it’s going to get very ugly”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

From Civil War politics to open war politics – and it’s becoming more uncivil by the day. We moved into some very strange territory yesterday. There i(...)

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