A file image of PJ Mara from 1983. He was Charles Haughey’s press officer and confidant in the 1980s and Bertie Ahern’s director of elections for each of the three-in-a-row victories between 1997 and 2007. File photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

PJ Mara was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who played a central role in Fianna Fáil for more than three decades. He was Charles Haughey’s (...)

PJ Mara acted as director of elections for Fianna Fáil in 1997, 2002 and 2007.

Tributes have been paid to former government press secretary PJ Mara, who has died aged 73. A flamboyant, larger than life character who played a cen(...)

Former lobbyist Frank Dunlop made a settlement of €429,198 with Revenue.

Former lobbyist Frank Dunlop and retired jockey and trainer Charlie Swan are among 108 defaulters to be fined for failing to meet their tax obligation(...)

The inquiry prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sensitive material relating to the €158 million Mahon Tribunal, which prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil, is s(...)

Witness: James Gogarty at Dublin Castle after giving evidence in 1999. Photograph: Eric Luke

The planning tribunal? Was that the Flood tribunal? Yes. The tribunal was set up in 1997 to look into corruption in planning. But it was also known as(...)

Bertie Ahern arriving at the Mahon Tribunal in Dublin Castle on September 20th, 2007. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The planning tribunal has withdrawn its second interim report so that some, though not all, of the corruption findings against former Fianna Fáil mini(...)

 Mr Justice Feargus  Flood, first chairman  of the  planning tribunal. In 2002, ordinary citizens queued around the block when  Mr Justice  Flood published his damning report on the payments made to former Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke. Photograph: Alan Betson

The planning tribunal, in its heyday, was box office. For years, nightly news led with the latest from Dublin Castle, where the public gallery was reg(...)

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(...)