Former Fianna Fáil minister  Mary O’Rourke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary O’Rourke has said she and her nephew, Conor Lenihan, may have “matters of importance” to contribute to the banking i(...)

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry has called former Taoiseach Brian Cowen to give evidence to the committee. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry has called former Taoiseach Brian Cowen to give evidence to the committee as part of the next phase of its hearings.Mr (...)

Enda Kenny: Fished out a substantial sheaf of paper from his folder and gave the Dáil a history of the many unsuccessful attempts by various taoisigh and ministers to institute an awards system. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach will not be wearing a row of 40 medals on his chest to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. We say “he,” but that all depends(...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)

John O’Leary (left),  a Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South from 1966 to 1997 and a minister of state from 1977 to 1979, with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Leary says in his memoirs that Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs. Photograph: On The Doorsteps, Memoirs of a long-serving TD.

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed in his (...)

US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at the front door of his residence to a delegation led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, quipped that “if you’re wearing orange, you’re not welcome in here” before adding he was only joking. File photograph:  Nicholas KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

A DUP MP on Tuesday called on US vice president Joe Biden to apologise for casting a “slur” on Protestants by joking to an Irish delegation that no-o(...)

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(...)