Former city councillor Gary O’Flynn:    nine fraud offences which allegedly occurred in a period between 2008 and 2009. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

A former Fianna Fáil councillor who is facing nine fraud charges in relation to mortgages he worked on while operating as a financial consultant has b(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Are we beginning to see an end to the long period of US equity outperformance?The US market has trounced its developed market counterparts in recent y(...)

Independent TD Michael Lowry has denied that a note he sent to Taoiseach Enda Kenny about reappointing his former PR adviser to the National Transport Authority was sexist and reflected cronyism. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry has denied a handwritten note he sent to Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil last week reflected cronyism (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen (left) with  late former minister for finance Brian Lenihan. Mr Cowen has studiously avoided discussing his actions on the night of the bank guarantee, and indeed his role has been obscured by the concept of collective responsibility which pertains to cabinet government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The main objection advanced by opponents of the banking inquiry was that, after two reports, several court cases and acres of news print, there really(...)

Patrick Honohan said then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan (above), had wanted to nationalise Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society “there and then” and was against covering subordinated debt but was “overruled on the night” by a more senior politician. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It was showtime at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday. After a couple of quiet performances before Christmas involving Peter Nyberg and Rob(...)

Former president Mary Robinson with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the funeral of Dr Maeve Hillery today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has led the mourners at the funeral of Dr Maeve Hillery in Sutton, Dublin, today.Dr Hillery, widowof former president Dr P(...)

Brian Lenihan, who was minister for finance on the night of the bank guarantee: the notes include minutes from two meetings held on September 29th, 2008, in Government Buildings

Bank guarantee notes The Department of Finance is considering whether to give the Oireachtas banking inquiry two notes from the night of the bank guar(...)

Jean-Claude Trichet: warned ex-taoiseach Brian Cowen of the consequences of the blanket bank guarantee in a previously unseen 2008 letter released under Freedom of Information. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet warned ex-taoiseach Brian Cowen of the consequences of the blanket bank guarantee in a previously unseen 2008(...)

Brian Cowen: considered the SSIA-type scheme as he  grappled with the economic crisis ahead of the 2009 budget. Photograph: David Sleator

The Fianna Fáil/Green government considered introducing a successor to the special saving incentive account (SSIA) scheme at the height of the financ(...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)