For decades, the legal profession has been in the crosshairs of external critics of the Irish economy. Every couple of years the Paris-based Organis(...)

Gardaí at the service for  David Byrne in St Nicholas of Myra church on Francis Street: A visitor to Dublin  in the vicinity   might have assumed  they had happened across the funeral of a pillar of the local community. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

A visitor to Dublin who was in the vicinity of St Nicholas of Myra church on Francis Street on Monday would have assumed that they had happened across(...)

Richard Barrett: Publicly expressed his concern over the State’s failure to provide adequate levels of social housing.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Richard Barrett would appear to have discovered the property developers’ equivalent of religion. Twice in as many weeks, the former Treasury Holdings (...)

Members of the public beside a mural in Dublin’s Temple Bar area by street artist SUMS supporting a yes vote in the marriage equality  referendum. Niall Carson/PA Wire

One of the more unusual aspects of the marriage referendum was the decision of a number of US multinationals with significant operations here to enter(...)

 Belcamp House on the Malahide Road, Dublin.   An 18th century Georgian country pile that saw out its later days as a boarding school and seminary. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Just before Christmas Eve, Gerry Gannon, the high-profile developer and member of the so-called Maple 10, lodged a planning application for a large de(...)

Why should government’s  fund – via taxes forgone – Zuckerberg’s perfectly laudable desire to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation”. Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

It is one of the many paradoxes of the modern life that we are supposed to fete Mark Zuckerberg for giving his fortune to charity whilst lambasting hi(...)

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Every now and then something comes along that gives you a real insight into how Ireland works, or doesn’t work, depending on your perspective. One of (...)

The failure of the coalition to agree on a housing package highlights the bind it is in.

Most people in Ireland fall into one of two categories. There are those who need house prices to return to 2007 levels and then there are those who ne(...)

 Thomas Flynn, Moatview Avenue, Coolock was jailed for 12 years with three suspended at Clonmel Circuit court as he was one of seven men who broke into the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran at Burnchurch, near Killenaul in November 2013. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The harrowing testimony of the Corcoran family about their ordeal at the hands of a gang of seven Dublin criminals has given fresh impetus to the long(...)

Walking: Nama chairman Frank Daly and Brendan McDonagh, chief executive arriving at the Public Accounts Committee, (PAC) in Leinster House earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Try as it might, the National Asset Management Agency cannot wash its hands of the controversy surrounding the €1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) sale of its(...)