Former Fianna Fáil TD and government minister Tony Killeen. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Being told you have a life-affecting disease or illness can obviously come as a shock. But as people come to terms with their diagnosis, many are also(...)

Brendan McDonagh: Nama is not overly concerned about competition from other European countries trying to offload property assets. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brendan McDonagh sat close to the front row on Wednesday in the press room of the Department of Finance. The chief executive of the National Asset Man(...)

 Sean Fitzpatrick: will be played by Morgan Jones in The Guarantee.  Photograph: Eric Luke

“It is a gripping drama of classical proportions, in which the tragic hero is Ireland,” says the press release for a film scheduled to begin productio(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan present the budget last year: Ireland’s consistent outperformance of budgetary targets has been  rewarded by the financial markets. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

During the last decade policymakers in Ireland were far too optimistic: the boom was expected to continue forever and hubris set in. Since 2008 we hav(...)

At a time when he should be concentrating on rebuilding the Fianna Fáil Mícheál Martin has been dealing with an  exhausting series of challenges from within the party.

Fianna Fáil is now a small party that sporadically operates like the colossus of Irish politics it once was. Since shortly before the game-changing 20(...)

Among the signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute is social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petiti(...)

Ciarán Lynch:  said the committee’s initial responsibility would be to prepare a detailed proposal for the banking inquiry, including terms of reference

As the special Dáil committee inquiring into the banking crisis meets for the first time today, there are fresh doubts as to whether it will be able(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry said Fianna Fáil would have to deal with ‘legacy issues’ in the banking inquiry . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Fianna Fáil Senator whose appointment to the banking inquiry caused controversy has said his party will have “legacy issues” to deal with when the(...)

George Hook: “There would have been no Free State and ultimately no Republic without Collins. Collins did it, not de Valera, was who was hiding out in America.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broadcaster and rugby pundit George Hook has been chosen to deliver this year’s address at the annual Michael Collins commemoration at Béal na Blát(...)

Prof Alan Ahearne, a former advisor to the late Brian Lenihan, has been appointed an external advisor to the IMF. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

NUI Galway economics professor Alan Ahearne has been appointed an external advisor to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Prof Ahearne, who was spec(...)