St Patrick’s Day 1995: President Bill Clinton walks into the East Room of the White House as Gerry Adams watches. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty

Sinn Féin’s transformation from a party of political pariahs to guests at black-tie fundraisers in the United States began in a function room of the S(...)

Sinn Féin has raised $12 million (€10.7 million) from some of America’s biggest construction companies as well as trade unions, Hollywood stars and(...)

 Gerry Adams speaks to Friends of Sinn Féin supporters during a breakfast on St Patrick’s Day, 2005. Photo:   Alex Wong/Getty Images

Chuck FeeneyOne of the world’s most generous philanthropists, Chuck Feeney (83) made his multibillion dollar fortune from duty-free shopping selling g(...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens from his table as he is introduced at a fundraiser in New York in 1999. Seated next to Adams is businessman Pat Donaghy, a major donor.

The drink flowed as diners chewed on filet mignon and enjoyed a rousing political speech in between traditional Irish songs performed by a band in on(...)

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Irish universities are in their “infancy” in developing systems of alumni engagement, a conference in Dublin heard this morning.Fundraising experts fr(...)

Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness:  said he would support reducing the number of MLAs  from 108 to 90 by moving from 18 six-seat to 18 five-seat constituencies. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

First Minister Peter Robinson has “very much” welcomed proposals by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness that the size of the Assembly and Norther(...)

Philanthropist Charles F. “ Chuck “ Feeney being conferred an Honorary Degree jointly by the Universities of Ireland North and South at a ceremony in Dublin Castle. Mr Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies is making grants totalling €14.7 million to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia in the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A €30 million boost in funding for the care of people with dementia has been announced arising from one of billionaire Chuck Feeney’s final grants bef(...)

Chuck Feeney: donated billions to good causes

Duke University recently published a detailed report on Atlantic Philanthropies, the charitable organisation established by Chuck Feeney, an Irish-Ame(...)

In June, billionaire investor Warren Buffett  (left) described Chuck Feeney (right) as “my hero,” when presenting him with a Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement award for pledging to give away billions during his lifetime to numerous causes in Ireland and overseas. 4:27

Irish American philanthropist Chuck Feeney’s dream of giving his entire multibillion fortune away to fund good causes is proving harder because of (...)

Diarmaid O Corrbuí of the Carmichael Centre, with representatives of groups facing cuts (from left) Dearbhla Wynne, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Grainne Denning, Coeliac Society of Ireland, Patricia Towey, Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland and Rita O’Reilly, Parent Line. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

First, run a funding competition based on woolly criteria. Then, leave the results sitting on the Minister’s desk for months (or at least until after (...)