Former taoiseach and minister for finance Brian  Cowen outside the Dáil on July 2nd, 2015. He  told the Banking Inquiry he was happy with the decisions he made as minister for finance, but, in hindsight, he would have done some things differently. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen on Thursday insisted he was happy with the decisions he made as minister for finance, but apologised for the hardship and(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to the media as he arrives for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Anglo Irish Bank was going down the tubes. Alarm bells were going off everywhere. But it wasn’t Brian Cowen’s job to keep a watchful eye on wha(...)

Dare I say that summer is here? As our temperatures tip over 20 degrees, reaching dizzying heights of 23 degrees this week, our culinary choices ca(...)

Det Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered while on escort duty at Lordship credit union, in Bellurgan, near Dundalk in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The GAA’s new response plan for deaths, suicides and other critical incidents will provide a “light” for communities in the aftermath of tragic events(...)

Stone-clad, L-shaped and on the brow of a hill that gives the best of Connemara views, Derrygimlagh is something of an ideal as holiday homes go. T(...)

The Asgard II, which sunk off the French coast in 2008. Photograph: Coiste an Asgard/PA Wire

The Atlantic Youth Trust is seeking to raise €16 million for a new Irish sail training ship. It would replace the Republic’s Asgard II, which was lost(...)

Some members of the crews taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland to raise awareness of sailing for people with disabilities. Front row: Gary Crothers (skipper of yacht Kind of Blue and committee member of Foyle Sailability. He lost the use of his left arm after a car crash) and Aideen Corr (Kind of Blue crew and Foyle Sailability committee member who has Parkinson’s disease). Back row, from left: Ken Curry (Kind of Blue crew), Luke Farren (Dream Machine crew), George McCormick (Dream Machine skipper), Kim Banks (Aaraura crew) and Vicki Smith (Aaraura crew). Photograph: Trevor McBride

Sailors of varying levels of ability are taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland from Greencastle, Co Donegal, to raise awareness of sailing for (...)

Self-seeding plants Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ and the Welsh poppy, Meconsopsis cambrica, putting on a colourful display in Fionnuala’s garden earlier this month.  Photograph: Richard Johnson

It’s a funny old business, gardening. We so often start out with the intention of letting nature know who’s boss, only to quickly find ourselves de(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

 Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil): asked if it was acceptable that a consultant had gone on maternity leave  and would not be replaced until September.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than 850 people were told this week by two Galway hospitals that all outpatient rheumatology clinics for July and August had been cancelled, Fia(...)