Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to reporters outside the Dáil this morning where he is appearing before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has told the banking inquiry that he is happy with the measures he took as minister for finance prior to the banking cris(...)

It is understood  former taoiseach Brian  Cowen, who is to appear before the Banking Inquiry on Thursday, will say he held a private meeting with  then minister for finance Brian Lenihan on the night of September 29th, 2008. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is to confirm he overruled Brian Lenihan on the night of the bank guarantee in 2008. It is understood that Mr Cowen, who(...)

Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in  Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former government press secretary who served three different taoisigh has been appointed as a director of a public relations company with strong Fin(...)

 Ciarán Cannon and fellow TDs Paul Connaughton,  Colm Keaveney and Micheal Kitt found themselves lost for words on Vincent Browne’s People’s Debate when asked wether they would support a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Eric Luke

There they were on their stools, resting their elbows on the tables and speaking fearlessly to the people, for the people. The air crackled with coura(...)

St Luke’s in Drumcondra, Dublin,  the constituency office of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Fianna Fáil has finalised a deal to sell  St Luke’s for almost €180,000 above the asking price. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has finalised a deal to sell former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s former constituency base of St Luke’s for almost €180,000 above the asking pr(...)

Ger Brennan was one of the leading campaigners seeking a No vote in the recent same-sex marriage referendum. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

All Ireland-winning footballer Ger Brennan is in the running to become Fianna Fáil’s candidate in the Dublin Central constituency. Mr Brennan i(...)

The late Brian Lenihan, who died in 2011, is featured in the first of the RTÉ Legacy series. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A documentary about the life and political career of the late Brian Lenihan jnr discloses the difficult relationship he had with Bertie Ahern and the (...)

Art teacher Elena Hughes outside the National Gallery of Ireland during her peaceful protest relating to the sale of paintings from Russborough House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than €2 million in public funding has been invested in Russborough House, near Blessington, Co Wicklow, over the past decade or so, with all of t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael and Labour are said to be preparing  individual general election packages, to protect each party from being outflanked on key issues. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour are preparing to outline individual general election packages to protect each party from being outflanked on key issues on their(...)

File photograph of former Anglo Irish Bank executives David Drumm and Sean Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Anglo Irish Bank executives David Drumm, Sean Fitzpatrick, Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan have been directed to appear before the Oireachtas Ban(...)