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The planning tribunal has withdrawn its second interim report so that some, though not all, of the corruption findings against former Fianna Fáil mini(...)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The Criminal Assets Bureau has withdrawn its action seeking to have Jackson Way Properties Ltd, a company of businessman Jim Kennedy, pay the State an(...)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(...)

 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(...)