Charles Haughey: “wanted to get in on the action”. Photograph: Colman Doyle

Fianna Fáil had a formidable (and, at times, notorious) fundraising operation since Taca was set up in the 1960s. Most of the funds it raised were in (...)

Striking workers and union representatives on the picket line at Dunnes Stores on Henry Street, Dublin, last week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:04

Almost exactly 25 years ago, I was talking to the trade union organiser Peter Cassells, then general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. (...)

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 (...)

His marksmanship, his ball-winning, his passing, his tenacity, his temperament and, perhaps best of all, his instinct for delivering the plays that simultaneously steeled his Kilkenny team mates and withered the belief of opposing counties. He worked like a demon and hit hard. He made Kilkenny seem invincible. 6:24

Sixteen years at the heart of the fastest game and it has gone by in a flash. Noon tomorrow – March 25th – will find him sitting in Langton’s hotel(...)

‘The interesting thing is that this hostility (against Gerry Adams, above) is largely an Irish phenomenon. I don’t detect the same level of antagonism in the British or European or US media.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Even in far-off Washington DC for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams couldn’t escape the front pages of the Irish news(...)

Former environment editor of The Irish Times, Frank McDonald, speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, March 12th, 2015

The Irish media benefited from property advertisement during the time of rising house prices prior to the economic crash, the Oireachtas banking inqui(...)

A Japanese hotel chain may build guesthouses on the 250-acre Abbeville estate

A Japanese hotel chain that bought the home of former taoiseach Charles Haughey has no plans to redevelop it but may build guesthouses on the 250-acr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told an Oireachtas committee that  third-party costs arising from the Moriarty tribunal have amounted to €4.77 million to date. Photograph: Theirry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said third-party costs arising from the Moriarty tribunal have amounted to €4.77 million.Speaking at the Select Sub-Committee(...)

Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)