The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

Patrick Connolly: he was described by friends as lovable, talented, humorous, generous and compassionate, and a man of principles and integrity.

Patrick Connolly, the eminent barrister and former attorney general, who has died aged 88, was described by colleagues and friends as a lovable, talen(...)

Michael Lowry deliberately misled the tribunal, which  might well have withheld all of his costs, Mr Justice John Hedigan said.

Independent TD Michael Lowry engaged in “a litany of falsification and deception” - including the falsification of a solicitor’s files - in his failur(...)

IFSC: Mr Kavanagh joined forces with McInerney Properties and British Land in the late 1980s to build the first phase of the IFSC. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Real estate investment trust, Hibernia Reit, has completed the €60 million purchase of two office buildings from a property group controlled by Mark K(...)

The technology company Facebook filed two returns for lobbying activity for the last three months of 2015

Media owner Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp Group, which owns Newstalk and Today FM, lobbied the Government for financial support for the public services(...)

PJ Mara and  Charles Haughey: Mara’s star was inextricably linked to the fortunes of the former taoiseach – political and otherwise. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Wall-to-wall tributes to PJ at the moment. In the main, they are affectionate, warm and nostalgic. After all, it’s PJ Mara we’re talking about here. (...)

A file image from 2007 of then Fianna Fail director of elections PJ Mara at an election press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The  Irish Times

PJ Mara, who died on Friday, proved himself to be the one of the most effective campaign directors in Irish political history. He had a number of cha(...)

PJ Mara “brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to the role”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tributes have been paid to former government press secretary PJ Mara who has died aged 73. Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern described his close friend, (...)

A file image of PJ Mara from 1983. He was Charles Haughey’s press officer and confidant in the 1980s and Bertie Ahern’s director of elections for each of the three-in-a-row victories between 1997 and 2007. File photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

PJ Mara was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who played a central role in Fianna Fáil for more than three decades. He was Charles Haughey’s (...)

PJ Mara acted as director of elections for Fianna Fáil in 1997, 2002 and 2007.

Tributes have been paid to former government press secretary PJ Mara, who has died aged 73. A flamboyant, larger than life character who played a cen(...)