Goldsmiths Se O’Donoghue and Lee Harding of Da Capo jewellers unveil the Brian Boru millennium crown  at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A thousand years after he died on Good Friday at the Battle of Clontarf, Brian Boru’s place in the ancestral (...)

In pensive mood: Michael Smurfit, from his autobiography A Life Worth Living

Two months after Michael Smurfit was born, on August 7th, 1936, his father John Jefferson Smurfit set up shop as a tailor. Born a Protes(...)

Norma Smurfit: a “tower of strength” who gave Michael  the self-assurance to become his own man

Michael Smurfit was married twice, first to Norma Triesman in 1963 in London, and then to Birgitta Beimark in 1988. Smurfit writes lovingly of Norm(...)

Dr Michael Smurfit never spoke to former taoiseach Charlie Haughey again after he said he should “step aside” in 1991 as chairman of Telecom Éireann

Dr Michael Smurfit never spoke to former taoiseach Charlie Haughey again after he said he should “step aside” in 1991 as chairman of Telecom Éi(...)

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann and Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel,  in Brussels this week.  Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

After years of opposition, Luxembourg and Austria have agreed to back automatic exchange of savings account i(...)

The then French president Nicolas Sarkozy makes a phone call at a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels in December 2009. Mr Sarkozy’s phone was tapped during a judicial investigation into the financing of his 2007 election campaign, Le Monde newspaper reported today, a move denounced by his lawyer as “monstrous”. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

The telephones of France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy, his lawyer and two of Mr Sarkozy’s former interior ministers were tapped last year by (...)

 Citywest Hotel

The €30 million receivership sale of Ireland’s largest hotel to a secretive offshore fund has descended into a High Court lega(...)

In UCD, the first purpose-built university law school in Ireland is named after Peter Sutherland SC

Michael Smurfit’s got one. So too Peter Sutherland and Martin Naughton, one of Ireland’s richest men. Denis O’Brien has got one also, and what’(...)

Radamel Falcao could be a target for Chelsea.  Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has reacted angrily after reports emerged in France of the Chelsea manager making disparaging remarks, delivered in what he appar(...)

Everton’s Bryan Oviedo has his leg broken as he tackles Stevenage’s Simon Heslop during their FA Cup fourth round match at Broadhall Way on Saturday evening. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Stevenage 0 Everton 4: Momentum, rather than points, will be the most significant reward for the winners of tomorrow night’s Merseyside derby, accordi(...)

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