Easter 1916: ‘a terrible beauty is born’
This weekend marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, the defining event of modern Irish republicanism and the inspiration for one of the greatest poems ever written. But was Yeats right?
Ireland poised to vote ‘yes’ to gay marriage
Tomorrow, Ireland could become the first country to approve gay marriage in a country-wide referendum. How important is legislation in the struggle for LGBT rights?
Britain and Ireland bury the hatchet
The first ever state visit to the UK by an Irish president has been hailed as a triumph. Does this mark an end to the long history of violence and suspicion between these neighbours?
Loss of ‘bouncy’ Irish genius haunts Poetry Day
As Britain holds its biggest public festival of verse, the literary world is mourning one of the most beloved poets of recent times. Was Seamus Heaney right to believe in poetry’s power?
The Queen makes historic visit to Ireland
The two countries are close neighbours and trading partners. Yet no British monarch has visited Ireland for 100 years. Behind the cheerful welcome is a history of violence and hate.
Eurozone crisis: voters rebel against bailouts
Could the European Union end up as a club with two sorts of membership: one for the richer countries and one for the poor?
Eurozone crisis: Irish demand better rescue deal
Irish voters have rejected a deal to prop up failed banks and slash spending. The £73bn tussle could spook international financial markets.
The horror of an army turning on its own people
In 1972, British soldiers killed 14 Irish protestors in the city of Derry. Yesterday an exhaustive inquiry declared the protestors totally innocent.