Gerry Ryan says in the cover letter of his dossier that he was “asked to terminate my investigations” by Ms Harney in June 2004. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The civil servant who drafted the dossier that claims former politicians evaded tax was directed in 2004 by then tánaiste Mary Harney to provide his i(...)

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Unless you’re from Kerry or Donegal, last week’s All-Ireland football final was as dull as porridge. The half-time ads beat it hands-down. Proctor and(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Cardinal Sean Brady among bishops and Cardinals on the Altar at the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and newly named grand marshall of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade next year, welcomed the landma(...)

Alex Dunne: “To try to protect ourselves in the future, we decided to ‘grow our own’ talent.” Photograph: Feldore McHugh

In the 1980s, Guinness was a diversified group with interests in a number of areas from oyster farms to cruisers on the river Shannon. Rainsford Compu(...)

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Anyone who has ever studied a foreign language is familiar with the idea of a “false friend”, a word that looks identical but has a completely distinc(...)

The interior of the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Co Dublin

British pub group JD Wetherspoon has pulled a surprise by deciding not to stock Guinness at its new Three Tun Tavern pub in Blackrock, Co Dublin, when(...)

The company behind Guinness is seeking to make inroads into emerging markets such as India and China

Drinks giant Diageo has launched a tender offer to acquire up to 26 per cent more in in India’s United Spirits for about €1.4 billion, T(...)

Guinness parent company Diageo says China and India are “key growth engines” for the group. Photograph: Eric Luke

Guinness parent Diageo vodka, has shaken up its management team in a move that underscores its ambitions in emerging markets and lays down a ma(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny sits with New York mayor Bill de Blasio (third from right) during a service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York yesterday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson / Reuters 1:42

In New York yesterday, for the second time in two days, Enda Kenny found himself with the mayor of a major American city who wouldn’t go the St Pat(...)

Gay Rights supporters protest against the exclusion of the gay community during the 252nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny missed a demonstration by a gay rights group along the St Patrick’s Day route in New Yor(...)