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Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave  in front of a photograph of his father WT Cosgrave: UN speech won widespread praise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A supposed gaffe in Liam Cosgrave’s address to the United Nations in 1956 has formed the basis of one of the most enduring anecdotes of Irish politic(...)

Outriders cling to a bus in Cairo’s rush hour traffic, Cairo, Egypt. Photograph:  Winfield Parks/National Geographic/Getty Images

We stepped off a coach into chaos, into Cairo. There were people everywhere, on the footpath, on the road, crammed into microbuses that bullied their (...)

US president George W Bush  and British prime minister Tony Blair walk together from their meeting at the US embassy in Brussels, Belgium. File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The calamitous consequences of the 2003 invasion of Iraq are difficult to overstate, for that country and its neighbours and for the security of the w(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair  at a news conference in London on Wednesday, following the damning report by Sir John Chilcot.  Blair voiced “sorrow, regret and apology” for those killed in Iraq, but said he acted in good faith and did not regret toppling Saddam Hussein. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

A defiant Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003, following the publication yesterday of a devastating report by Sir John Chilc(...)

It is hard to understand how senior politicians such as Boris Johnson (above), Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith  can seek now to justify this mendacity and recklessness in the face of the turmoil that has followed. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A couple of days ago, European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker commented that the marriage of the United Kingdom with the European Union had(...)

The HMS ‘Queen Mary’ explodes during the Battle of Jutland. Arthur Kidney from Barryroe died when the ship went down. Image: Ohne Angabe/Wikimedia Commons

One hundred years on, two west Cork communities has marked one of its darkest days when six men from the area perished in the Battle of Jutland. Six (...)

March, 1953: Queen Elizabeth II of England  in a garden with a dog. Photograph: Getty Images

1926-1936: the nursery years When the British home secretary, Sir William Joynson-Hicks, is torn away from the pressing matter of the looming general(...)

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are on the trail of a fourth successive league win, a feat achieved only twice before in football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The audit of the National Football League is nearly complete. It’s an unusual competition in that the evidence of a given campaign isn’t considered hu(...)

An internet rumour once suggested that a Google search for “swivel-eyed loon” took the user straight to the UK Independence party (Ukip) website. The origins of this rather British political label are hard to pin down.  File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The nickname Tory, usually associated with the UK’s Conservative party, first appeared, by some accounts, in 1566 in Ireland, and originally meant an (...)

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