Former minister for enterprise Mary Harney said in 2005 that she asked civil servant Gerry Ryan to end his inquiry into tax evasion in 2004 as it had been running for seven years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times. 2:39

1971: Ansbacher accounts were funds lodged in Ireland by the Cayman Islands bank, Ansbacher (Cayman) Ltd. They were at the core of an unauthori(...)

Mr Justice Declan Costello, former president of the High Court, photographed in 2000. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The family of the late judge Declan Costello has said that while he had a deposit account at Guinness & Mahon bank for a brief period in the 1970s(...)

 Fr Joseph Leonard, Fr William Purcell and  John F Kennedy at All Hallows College in September 1955.

The importance of Fr Joseph Leonard in the life of the Kennedys was recalled by former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in an interview with The Irish Times la(...)

Jacqueline Kennedy with children Caroline and John (holding kittens) visiting the Kennedy homestead in New Ross on their 1967visit to Ireland. Photograph: Irish Photographic Archive/Lensmen

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier had established a separate – and little-known – relationship with Ireland before she even met the future president Kennedy. Her(...)

Declan Costello, second from right at back, attorney general in 1973. Photograph: Pat Langan

Fifty years ago a politician published a manifesto which, if implemented, would have changed the nature of Irish society, would have defied the(...)

Declan Costello: when he talked of reform the word had a radical, distributive edge. Now it seems to mean dismantling workers’ few remaining protections. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Recent controversies concerning EirGrid, Irish Water and much else convey a sense of disillusionment with politics and the political system; a sense t(...)

is the Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-North Leitrim Michael Colreavy: no posturing and no outbreaks of hyperbole when he speaks in the Dáil.

Michael Colreavy is the Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-North Leitrim. He is not a man given to histrionics in the Dáil chamber. There is no posturing, no outb(...)