Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

David Gunning: his counsel told the High Court that he had turned the company around despite the crisis and was entitled to his performance-related pay.

The former chief executive of forestry company Coillte has launched a legal action to recover performance-related bonus payments totalling €299,000 wh(...)

David Norris: one of the government’s strategies was a plan to persuade the court he was “not a ‘victim’ because he has never been prosecuted or questioned by the police”. Photograph: David Sleator

The government conceded in an internal memorandum in 1984 that a finding against it under European law in the David Norris case “seems unavoidable”, (...)

Angela Kerins (right), former Rehab Group chief: The PAC, her counsel said, had “acted beyond its remit”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Three large cardboard boxes filled with ring-binders were wheeled into court number nine of the High Court at 2pm yesterday. Through the handle of the(...)

An ad for AirBnB in a New York Subway station. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/New York Times

Refund rigmarole over Airbnb cancellation In the middle of July, John Rogers booked a room in a B&B in Mullingar through Airbnb for the fo(...)

Niall Bruton celebrates as he wins the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in 2002.

Where is he now? “Well, Niall, how are you?” he’s asked, as he shows me into the Directors’ Box at Old Trafford. “Well, Niall, hope you e(...)

The funeral of campaigner Christine Buckley yesterday at Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Christine Buckley was “a woman of extraordinary courage,” said President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Speaking after her funeral at the Church of St T(...)

Seeking the State’s High Court costs against the TD today, Michael McDowell SC said he accepted the issues raised by Joan Collins TD (above) were important and, had she won, there would have been “huge consequences” for the State. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The State has urged the High Court to award substantial legal costs against United Left TD Joan Collins because she has decided to appeal against the (...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)

Aer Lingus and Ryanair had contrasting days. While Aer Lingus rose by 0.6 per cent to €1.409, Ryanair closed down 2.3 per cent at €6.60 on profit taking. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks posted a gain in the first full week of 2014, as data showed US and German unemployment fell and that Ireland returned to the bond mar(...)