Eilish Hardiman, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Jace O’Rourke (2-and-a-half-months-old) and John Pollock of the  National Paediatric Hospital Development Board  celebrate  the granting of permission for the new children’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

1993: A single tertiary paediatric hospital based in Dublin is proposed by the faculty of paediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. (...)

Independent TD Joan Collins arriving for the Supreme Court case, this morning. Photo: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on the appeal by Independent TD Joan Collins against the High Court’s rejection of her challenge to the Minist(...)

Minister for Heritage  Heather Humphreys picutred at a wreat laying ceremony on  Moore Street in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys was heckled by protesters during a ceremony at Moore Street in Dublin to commemorate the firing of the first s(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

The Offaly side of the old constituency had two sitting TDs: Barry Cowen and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy. It has meant a spare seat is on offer, with no incumbent.

The Offaly North Tipperary constituency threw up a few election surprises - but Fianna Fáil’s dominance was not among them. The former five-seat Laoi(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming topped the poll in Laois with one of the country’s largest quotas while re-elected Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan described (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (centre), with Leo Varadkar TD (L) and Simon Harris (R), announcing plans to abolish the USC by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Let’s paint a scene. A party in the Irish general election decides that the main plank of its policy is to develop a nuclear bomb and declare war on (...)

Kevin Cardiff: Brian Cowen was “calm and in charge” on the night of the fateful bank guarantee meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government put together a “fighting fund” of about €20 billion in advance of the meeting on September 29th, 2008, that led to a blanket bank guara(...)

Kevin Cardiff told taoiseach Brian Cowen that Anglo should be taken over by the State and ‘soft’ guarantees made for other banks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Kevin Cardiff was second secretary general of the Department of Finance from 2006 to 2010 and secretary general from 2010 to February 2012; he joined(...)

Former finance minister  Brian Lenihan and ex-Department of Finance chief Kevin Cardiff: Mr Cardiff  received “low- key messages” from Mr Cowen’s staff to be “sensitive” to Mr Lenihan’s  situation.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The former secretary general of the Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff revealed how he was asked to report to taoiseach Brian Cowen if he felt Brian(...)