Mary Lavin: the writer led her stories into unexpected ground. Photograph: Evelyn Hofer

Mary Lavin’s contemporaries found it hard to place or to contain her unsettling stories. Frank O’Connor, a close friend, said that “an Irishman readin(...)

The February 1945 edition of ‘The Bell’, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The author was described only as having “recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin”. He was, in fact, the young Conor Cruise O’Brien, writing under a pseudonym.

The February 1945 edition of The Bell, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The auth(...)

Séamus Carey and Regina Bushell from Westmeath, canvassing for Yes Equality,   speaking to  Jennifer O’Meara  from Athlone. Photograph: James Flynn/APX 8:27

By coincidence, just as the same-sex marriage referendum campaign was getting under way, a remarkable podcast appeared on This American Life, a cel(...)

IAG has been discussing its proposal to pay €1.36 billion for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Takeover panel rules do not bar the Government from discussing International Consolidated Airlines Group’s (IAG) bid to buy Aer Lingus, as a number o(...)

Eleven members of the Aer Lingus board will decide whether to recommend any offer  from International Consolidated Airlines Group to its shareholders and thus pave the way for a sale. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA

Ultimately, 11 members of the Aer Lingus board will decide whether to recommend any offer for the company from International Consolidated Airlines G(...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)

The €4 billion raised last week added to the just over €11 billion in cash held by the NTMA on behalf of the State at the end of 2014.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Treasury Management Agency plans to hold bond auctions in February and March as part of its plan to raise between €12 billion and €15 bil(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the sale showed  investor interest in Ireland had broadened to previously closed markets. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Another year, another successful bond sale by the National Treasury Management Agency, which manages the State’s national debt. The State body raised(...)

Christmas for me usually starts . . . quite late – I’m a bit of a procrastinator! My husband is more organised and takes care of anything that need(...)

Photograph: Jimmy Fullam

‘There is in the short story at its most characteristic, something we don’t often find in the novel, an intense awareness of human loneliness.” The bi(...)