Former taoiseach Brian Cowen  left the inquiry hearings without suffering further blows to his reputation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Talking privately to members of the banking inquiry in recent days, they sounded less like doctors trying to keep it alive and more like pathologists (...)

Spending by parties and candidates in the   general election campaign will exceed €10 million, according to sources. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Spending by parties and candidates in the three-week general election campaign in the spring will comfortably exceed €10 million, sources from all the(...)

Draft report of the banking inquiry described as “not fit for purpose”.

At weekends, Government buildings are usually as silent and deserted as the Overlook Hotel in the film The Shining. But one such building, Agricultur(...)

Dr James Reilly, who was Minister for Health for more than three years, has made 315 representations since 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Minister for Health James Reilly have made more than 300 representations each on behalf of constituents in relation t(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The Mahon tribunal has withdrawn findings of non-cooperation against two people involved in the financial “digout” to former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. (...)

Senator Susan O’Keeffe, who along with Eoghan Murphy is leading a team to produce a new banking inquiry report. Photograph: James Flynn

Members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry may have to meet on Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Eve in efforts to salvage a final report.(...)

 Alan Shatter:  clashed with the Bar Council over the Legal Services Regulation Bill when he introduced it.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has excoriated the Bar Council for fighting “tooth and nail” against every reform proposed for the legal pr(...)

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on water charges.

In 2001, there was a byelection in Tipperary South which Fianna Fáil was expected to win. The party lost the vote, and afterwards blamed it on an opi(...)

Former taoiseach  Bertie Ahern.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has acknowledged the extraordinary journey DUP leader Peter Robinson made from being a loyalist “hard man” to a strong (...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: he said Irish dairy farming was the most efficient in Europe in terms of carbon efficiency and beef was placed number five.  Photograph: Gary O’Neill

The Government will not be given an easy ride over greenhouse emissions in agriculture, even if it is successful in pleading a special case for the(...)