Bailouts are something of a national obsession in this country, so there will be some relief in Government circles this week that VHI has managed to r(...)

VHI extended its reinsurance arrangement with Berkshire Hathaway by four years in 2014

Ciarán Hancock State-owned VHI has raised €90 million in subordinated debt from Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway to boost its reserve(...)

Mayo General Hospital at Castlebar in Co Mayo. Photograph: Google Maps

An 82-year-old man died because of the failure of authorities at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, to administer the anti-coagulant Octaplex in a ti(...)

Waterford’s Michael Walsh is tackled by Tipperary’s Padraic Maher during the Munster senior hurling championship final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Maybe this was not the most incandescent of Tipperary’s provincial summer titles. But on a cloudy afternoon when Semple Stadium fell silent to honour (...)

Tipperary’s Shane McGrath kicks the sliotar  forward as he’s challenged by Waterford players during the Munster SHC Final at Semple Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 To say the 125th GAA Munster hurling final was nondescript isn’t to belittle a competitive encounter in which favourites(...)

Jason Forde in action for Tipperary against Limerick in the Munster senior hurling semi-final.  Making   his first provincial championship start, Forde scored 1-3 from play. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was a phase a couple of seasons back when every year people expected Waterford to fall back into the time-honoured rhythms of going into hurl(...)

Waterford’s Barry Coughlan catches a high ball against Cork in the Munster semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the championship draws were made last autumn the Munster pairings, for me, seemed to suggest a Cork-Tipperary final. Cork, I thought, would sure(...)

Seamus Callanan: “he’s toughened up and his confidence has just grown”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

With five Munster hurling titles to his name, John Leahy can afford to question Tipperary’s now three-year wait since their last one. Although that w(...)

A view of Sunday’s game at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Inpho

Economic Bubbles The aesthetic highlight - for Tipperary supporters and neutrals, anyway - of the Munster semi-final in the Gaelic Grounds was (...)

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea at the Gaelic Grounds: “I thought we held our nerve when they came back at us and showed a lot of resilience.  The experience gained over the last couple of years has been really good for us.”  Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho Treacy

Well, explain that. Limerick were playing at home in front of the biggest crowd this Munster championship fixture has seen in over 10 years. Limerick(...)