The purchase of the luxury Savoy hotel group in London and the €1.166 billion purchase of the Jurys Inn budget hotel chain were among  high-profile deals put together by Derek  Quinlan (above) before the banking and property markets crashed in late 2008. File photograph: Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, has been called to give evidence before the Oireachtas Banking In(...)

Siteserv subsidiary GMC/Sierra was one of three companies awarded contracts for the installation of water meters for Irish Water. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

2006: Businessman Brian Harvey merges Rent-a-Fence with Donohoe Scaffolding to form Siteserv, to provide fencing, boundary protection, scaffolding and(...)

Brendan McDonagh was summoned to Government Buildings at 7.45pm on the night of the guarantee. He was the NTMA’s director of finance at the time. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which manages Ireland’s national debt, was not consulted by the government about the September 2008 (...)

The corporate element of Arthur Cox’s work for child and family agency Tusla is worth €800,000 a year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The legal firm Arthur Cox has received more than €16 million from Government departments and State bodies since 2011, according to newly released figu(...)

Representatives of the bank receiver posting documents on the order of the court on the gate of  the O’Donnell family home, Gorse Hill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 1:01

Blake O’Donnell cut a lonely figure, sitting alone on the plaintiff’s side of the senior counsels’ bench, with just a jotter for company and three Lev(...)

Minister for Children, James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke

As reported on Friday, Minister for Children James Reilly (pictured) is looking at whether he can prevent any firm that has a contract with a tobacco (...)

Plans introduced by former minister for health Dr  James Reilly to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products are to go ahead despite a legal threat from the tobacco industry. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Government is to press ahead with plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.The Government has ignored a threat from one of the worl(...)

The law firm  says proposals to tighten rules governing gifts from parents to their adult children will prove unworkable in their current form.

Top law firm Arthur Cox has warned that the Government risks undermining the integrity of the tax system in its reform of the treatment of family gift(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has been the target of industry lobbying to tone down the measure. Photograph: David Sleator

The Revenue Commissioners have accused tax advisers of stirring up unnecessary distress over impending changes in the rules for tax on gifts from par(...)

One Revenue official said  the reason for the changes to the tax treatment of gifts  was precisely to prevent compliant taxpayers being disadvantaged.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In times of austerity, it can sometimes seem that all the odds are stacked against the little guy. And so it was, with the revelation this week that a(...)