Actor Peter Coonan will star in The Guarantee on TV3 this season. The station announced its autumn-winter schedule today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

TDs living on social welfare, a brutal family feud that threatens to envelop an entire community and a documentary series about people living on islan(...)

Peter Coonan as David Drumm in The Guarantee

One of the two dramatic characters in the main picture above is a foul-mouthed egotist who is paranoid about his enemies and deeply entangled in the p(...)

 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(...)

Mark Lambert and Peter Daly in Guaranteed!

It is a sunny Saturday in late September 2008, and the chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank is nervous. In the preceding months, the global financial c(...)

At the Kilkenomics Optimistic Economics Brunch Show in Kilkenny yesterday were (from left) Bill Black, Louise Cooper and Peter Antonioni. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

“Leave the jokes alone!” warns comedian Karl Spain, after former US banking regulator Bill Black upstages him with a gag on the Friday night of Kilken(...)

“The notion that an orderly and low-cost liquidation of Anglo could have happened in the Irish context just weeks after the collapse of Lehman is a fantasy.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is not often that a column narrowly confined to economic matters gets to discuss theatre. Colin Murphy’s dramatisation of the events surrounding(...)

Peter Daly in Fishamble’s Guaranteed!

Guaranteed! Draíocht, Blanchardstown Three starsIt’s hard to say whether the emergence this week of the Anglo tapes helps or hurts Colin Murphy’s deta(...)

Emotional: one caller said her daughter had been strapped into a high chair by a creche worker as a punishment for eating another child’s food. Photograph:  Emielke van Wyk/Gallo/Getty

It can be a charged and stressful environment, full of crying, shouting and incoherent babbling; one can understand, though not condone, how someone w(...)