Joe Tiernan, seen in Finnstown, one of the estates he built: “Finnstown in Lucan is the one that I cherish the most . . . At the time it was probably the largest investment by a single individual without investors or partners.” PHOTOGRAPH: ERIC LUKE

In 2010 Joe Tiernan made a video for his family depicting his life and times. It tells the story of a builder who was born on June 29th 1945 and gr(...)

Businessman Jim Kennedy, who was in court when counsel for CAB indicated it was not proceeding with the case. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Criminal Assets Bureau has withdrawn its action seeking to have Jackson Way Properties Ltd, a company of businessman Jim Kennedy, pay the State an(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

 The remains of Thomas Gilmartin being carried for burial following the funeral Mass at St Michael’s Church, Urris, Co Donegal, yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

He was the man the men in charge could not bury. Yesterday, with love and pride, his family laid him to rest. For Tom Gilmartin had done the State som(...)

Tom Gilmartin: described by his family as “a truly honest, honourable and courageous man”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tom Gilmartin, whose evidence to the tribunal of inquiry into corruption in the planning process was damaging to some senior politicians has died. Mr (...)

Tom Gilmartin photographed leaving the Mahon Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The death has taken place of the businessman Tom Gilmartin, whose testimony to the Planning Tribunal in Dublin Castle about alleged political corrupti(...)

A culture of impunity

The findings of the Mahon tribunal, which concluded - on the basis of probability - that corrupt payments were made by Frank Dunlop to four councillor(...)

Former Fianna Fáil councillor Don Lydon sought and received a corrupt £3,000 payment from Frank Dunlop for supporting a motion to rezone land as industrial, according to the Planning tribunal report.

DON LYDONFormer Fianna Fáil councillor Don Lydon sought and received a corrupt £3,000 payment from Frank Dunlop for supporting a motion to rezone land(...)

Businessman Jim Kennedy will have to take legal action to collect a €12.86 million land compensation payment, sources have indicated

Businessman Jim Kennedy will have to take legal action to collect a €12.86 million land compensation payment after the planning tribunal found he wa(...)

“The shortcomings of our processes for investigating corruption are all too obvious today following the release of this chapter and last week’s collapse of the corruption trial because of the illness of former lobbyist Frank Dunlop.” Photograph: Collins Courts.

The publication yesterday of the “missing chapter” from the planning tribunal’s final report represents the final act of an inquiry that started 16 ye(...)