This fecklessness matters. It means that ministers can get away with pretty much anything. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 31st Dáil should be sent on its way with the words of Oliver Cromwell to the rump parliament of 1653 ringing in its ears: “You have been sat too l(...)

 Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said there were “obvious questions of probity” in the awarding of an Irish Water contract to Abtran. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Questions have been raised about the awarding of the call service contract for Irish Water to Cork-based company Abtran. Social Democrats TD Catheri(...)

Headquarters of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “tribunal of inquiry in all but name” could be established to investigate transactions carried out by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC).(...)

The Government last year asked Mr Justice Brian Cregan to investigate 38 IBRC transactions involving write-offs of more than €10 million each. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has formally agreed to suspend the Commission of Investigation into Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), which includes the (...)

Denis O’Brien or his companies became entangled in an array of legal actions and controversies in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The past year was, without doubt, the most eventful yet in the entrepreneurial career of Denis O’Brien, who is Ireland’s richest and most successful b(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Tánaiste Joan Burton with Ministers in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the results of the referendum on same-sex marriage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

From the start, Fine Gael and Labour flaunted their economic achievements and reassuring cohesion. It was all about offering Ongoing Mature Governan(...)

Labour Party politicians Alex White (left), John Lyons, Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys celebrate the outcome of the same sex marriage referendum at the count centre at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The political highlight of the year wasn’t the usual rough and tumble of party politics but a referendum that drew worldwide attention and changed th(...)

Identify those pictured:  One led a successful stock market IPO; another has been appointed to a high-profile role with an Irish bank; another stepped down recently as a director with an Irish listed company; while the other now leads one of Ireland’s biggest media and communications groups.

So, you think you know your business? Here are 30 questions that will test your knowledge. Good luck with the answers and Happy Christmas to you all.(...)

A commission is inquiring into 38 transactions involving IBRC where there were write-offs of €10 million or more on loans. The transactions include the sale of contracting firm Siteserv to Denis O’Brien’s company, Millington, with a write-off of some €119 million. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A High Court judge has overturned an order dissolving Siteserv, the firm whose sale by State-owned IBRC to a company controlled by businessman Denis O(...)

European drinks body Pernod Ricard is said to be preparing to act over alcohol pricing. Photograph: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP

The Sunday Independent leads with a story that a European drinks body, which is backed by Irish Distillers’ owner Pernod Ricard, is prepared to suppor(...)