Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

Former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and his wife, Joan. She approved the menu for the State dinner. Photograph: Jack McManus

Guests at the 1984 State banquet in Dublin in honour of US president Ronald Reagan were treated to roast beef and turtle soup, but only the to(...)

Minister for finance Alan Dukes in Leinster House on budget day 1983. In 1984 he warned his cabinet colleagues that the financing of public expenditure for the remainder of that year could not be assured. Photograph: Jack McManus

Ireland came close to being forced into a bailout more than a quarter of a century before it actually happened, according to Government papers rele(...)

Jim Mitchell: argued that the government should consider the threat to the creditworthiness of the State if ISL were liquidated. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

A bitter row between two senior Fine Gael cabinet ministers over Irish Shipping Ltd (ISL) is revealed in the State papers.With the State-owned company(...)

Alan Dukes: “We’ve had a fantastic response in Dublin, in Tokyo and here. All the Asian ambassadors have been solidly behind it and the Irish agencies have been extremely good.”

The independent think tank Asia Matters, chaired by former minister for finance Alan Dukes, has been in Japan and China this month running its EU Asia(...)

Able Seaman Des Branigan who served on the Irish Poplar, one of the Irish Shipping vessels,  in front of the company flag at a reunion to mark the 30th anniversary of the closure of the company.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Three decades after the controversial liquidation of Irish Shipping Ltd, former officers, crew and staff paid tribute to the role of the State compan(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

Mick Wallace: “The very nature by which this gentleman ended up in possession of Siteserv is very questionable.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Alan Dukes, the former State-appointed chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, has called for Independent TD Mick Wallace to withdraw his comments in the Dáil (...)

Alan Dukes: time for a new direction in the euro zone.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former finance minister Alan Dukes didn’t pull his punches yesterday when it came to discussing Europe with members of the Association of Chartered Ce(...)

Irish women’s rugby stars Niamh Briggs and Maria Louise Riley with Gráinne McElwain of TG4 (centre). Photograph: Bryan Brophy/1Image Photography

A tenacious journalist returning to take on a corrupt judiciary, a lifeboat crew in possession of a boatload of illegal drugs and Ireland’s women r(...)