Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arriving at Leinster House for his appearance at the Banking Inquiry, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Following Charlie McCreevy is developing into a theme for Brian Cowen. Having taken over from McCreevy in 2004 as finance minister, Biffo on Thursday (...)

Former taoiseach and minister for finance Brian Cowen appearing at the Banking Inquiry on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) was instructed by Brian Cowen to deposit money with Irish banks in late 2007 and early 2008, it emerged(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to the media as he arrives for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Anglo Irish Bank was going down the tubes. Alarm bells were going off everywhere. But it wasn’t Brian Cowen’s job to keep a watchful eye on wha(...)

JJ Hanrahan will play his rugby next season with English Premiership champions Northampton. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s something that sticks in the craw about JJ Hanrahan leaving Munster for Northampton and the English Premiership. It’s not just that he’s a tru(...)

Brian Lenihan: correspondence with former Anglo Irish Bank chairman relates to late January 2009 and early February 2009. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The family of Seán Quinn is demanding access to three letters sent between former minister for finance Brian Lenihan and then chairman of Anglo Iri(...)

Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action for Racing Metro 92. It is also believed Toulon and Racing Metro 92 were offering in the region of €900,000 to keep Sexton in France. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton’s commercial agreement with Denis O’Brien, which played a significant role in bringing the Ireland outhalf back to Leinster next seas(...)

Jonny Sexton has been offered a four-year contract extension by Racing Metro 92. Photograph: Inpho

The next move in the Jonathan Sexton saga is for the IRFU to make. That became apparent yesterday when Racing Métro 92 coach Laurent Labit reiterated (...)

Racing Metro have offered Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton  a new four-year deal that would keep him in Paris until June 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton has been offered a new four-year contract by Racing Metro that would keep the 29-year-old in Paris until June 2019.“He has in his han(...)

Johnny Sexton in action for  Racing Metro against Harlequins in last year’s Heineken Cup. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho.

As Johnny Sexton weighs up offers to return home or stay in France, with Racing Metro exercising their option of offering him a one-year extension, L(...)

Alex White receiving the seal of office for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Who will be the next chair of the RTÉ board? The appointment will be one of the first tasks to fall to ex-RTÉ radio producer Alex White, the new Minis(...)