Patients with pancreatic cancer tend to present late because the disease has few early symptoms. By then, the tumour tends to be large and well established, making surgical intervention largely unsuccessful. Photograph: PA

Survival rates for pancreatic cancer could be significantly improved by a pioneering treatment developed by scientists at the University of Ulster. Re(...)

 Peter Barry, then minister for foreign affairs,  in his office at Iveagh House in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Garret FitzGerald deserves more credit than anybody else for the Anglo-Irish Agreement, according to Peter Barry, who himself played an important role(...)

The scene outside Hillsborough courthouse while the Anglo-Irish Agreement was being signed in Hillsborough Castle. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea.
Intense rivalry extended north

Charles Haughey’s trenchant opposition to the Anglo-Irish Agreement was undoubtedly a mistake, which had negative political consequences, but it also (...)

Dr Cyril Daly:  wrote an open letter to the then archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, describing Catholic education as “offensive” to Christ’s teaching and “corrupt . . . in its infliction of violence”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin doctor Cyril Daly died in August at the age of 82. He was buried in St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, but his true memorial occurred this week in(...)

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan. According to testimony at the Stormont Inquiry into Nama’s sale of the ‘Project Eagle’ property portfolio in Northern Ireland Mr Lenihan had no interest in a fire sale.

The former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan and Nama officials made it “very clear from day one” that they had no interest in conducting a fire sale(...)

Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985

The Anglo-Irish Agreement of November 15th, 1985 was formally abjured by the British and Irish governments on April 10th, 1998 as a key concession to (...)

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(...)

Former  minister for transport Noel Dempsey (right) and minister for justice  Dermot Ahern speaking to reporters about the economic crisis in November 2010. Mr Dempsey said on Saturday he was not aware the country was preparing to enter a bailout at that time. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil minister Noel Dempsey said he is haunted by decisions taken by the Cabinet at the time of the economic collapse and believes Irelan(...)

The Treasury Building, home to Nama, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The key architects of the deal that ultimately became Nama’s sale of its Project Eagle loans to US investor Cerberus last year were accountant David W(...)

All social welfare payments are exempt from USC, along with income that is subject to the Dirt tax.

The Government has announced a series of changes to the Universal Social Charge (USC) from January 1st that will return €772 million to taxpayers in a(...)