Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

Brian Hayes: “We need lots of contrarian people, with lots of contrarian views, questioning everything we do, because that didn’t happen in the madness years.” Photograph: The Irish Times

More contrarian people “questioning everything we do” are required to criticise our policymaking decisions, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told the MacGill(...)

Sean Mulryan is known for throwing lavish boomtime parties, the hiatus on which appears to have been lifted in recent times. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sean Mulryan is the epitome of the Celtic Tiger-era developers who dominated the Irish business community during the boom. When the crash came, Mr Mu(...)

 Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaving the Banking Inquiry last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Over the weekend, someone argued quite seriously that if Bertie Ahern had been in that Brussels meeting last Sunday week negotiating for the Greeks, t(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tánaiste and Labour party leader Joan Burton has acknowledged some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but said they had not reduce(...)

Micheál Martin said his predecessors as Fianna Fáil leader, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, had given evidence that was “strong and robust and also matter of fact”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there has been no sense of a damaging “gotcha moment” for his party in the banking inquiry so far. Arrivin(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich” given that Fiann(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern gave an hour-long interview to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Following a lengthy stint in the banking inquiry’s witness box, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has re-emerged to vent his spleen at the Mahon tribuna(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern being interviewed by Miriam O Callaghan on RTÉ radio

Is there anything to be said for another whip-around? Anything at all? Because a major injustice is going on here and it’s only because Ber(...)

Before the banking inquiry ...  Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern “accounted for his stewardship   with some aplomb.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The banking inquiry has not produced the fireworks and public humiliations anticipated by many, but it is all the better for that. If it induces a sen(...)