Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is due for a pension rise under the Public Interest Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any argument for restoring up to €1,700 to the pension of former taoiseach Brian Cowen is “truly demented”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House in this file photograph.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has condemned as “disgraceful” the restoration of pensions to former taoisigh and ministers. She said up to (...)

A native of Kerry, Pat Carey (now 68) spent his earlier career as a school teacher, principal and community worker. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Pat Carey’s name was mentioned as the politician at the centre of allegations of abuse dating back more than a quarter of a century, the reaction(...)

Former Central Bank governor John Hurley: I am not aware of any such request made to any other officers to the Central Bank or financial regulator.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Central Bank governor John Hurley has told the Oireachtas banking inquiry he does not recall any financial institution expressing a preferen(...)

The largest proportion of pay for the Oireachtas banking inquiry has gone  on investigator pay, totalling €642,856. Photograph: Alan Betson

The cost of the Oireachtas banking inquiry averaged €103,000 per day for the 14 days that it sat between July 1st and the end of September. Figures re(...)

Hugh Cooney, who has died aged 63, was an accountant who chaired the board of Enterprise Ireland from 2008 to 2013 in very difficult economic conditio(...)

Gary McGann, chairman of Paddy Power: ‘It’s people, the talent you left embedded, that’s what matters most.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gary McGann strolls around the president’s room at the RDS, pointing to familiar faces from decades-old photographs on the walls. “Ah, I know him t(...)

Beer seller: craft brews at Martins in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m just outside Nassau Street, at the edge of Trinity College Dublin, when the tipsiness takes hold. Craft beer is my demographic’s typical drug of c(...)

Philip Lane: has shepherded some of the finest minds in Irish and European economics through their doctoral research theses. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eminent Trinity economist Philip Lane’s impending elevation to the governor’s chair at the Central Bank was warmly welcomed by the corduroy-jacket-wea(...)

A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Another week, another crisis in the peace process which passeth all understanding. Tuesday’s report into the state of the Northern Ireland ceasefires (...)