Seán Quinn: When he entered the sector, other insurers expressed their bafflement at how he could write insurance profitably at such prices, but that did not stop them cutting premiums in response. Photograph: Alan Betson

It seems beyond question that it is all Quinn Insurance’s fault that we are all facing hikes of 25 per cent or more in our car insurance. The accep(...)

The new president of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) Joe Healy (above) has said transparency “will be maximised” within an organisation rocked by controversy over executive pay. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The new president of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has said transparency “will be maximised” within an organisation rocked by controversy over e(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys with the Edward Laurence Keegan medal, which she unveiled with ‘Irish Times’ managing director Liam Kavanagh and Keegan’s grandsons Ian Gourley (l) and Tony Keegan (r). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Times has bought at auction the 1916 medal of a former employee, Edward Laurence Keegan, who was dismissed from his job in 1916 after parti(...)

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting in Dublin’s Sheriff Street. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí believe the intended target of a botched gun attack is a criminal closely associated with murdered gang figure Gary Hutch. Another man was sh(...)

Ireland must reach a 40 per cent level of renewable electricity provision to meet EU targets for 2020. Last year almost 24 per cent was achieved through wind alone

Communities wary of accepting wind farm projects are most likely to be won over by the prospect of discounted electricity bills, a conference has hea(...)

A future programme for government should include a “comprehensive investment plan” to address infrastructure deficits in such areas as rural broadband, said Social Justice Ireland. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty.

Social Justice Ireland has warned against abolishing the Universal Social Charge (USC) in a policy document espousing tax reform including the need t(...)

Gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit on patrol in north  Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pledges by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to create a new armed Garda unit in Dublin to fight organised crime have been rejected as “mislead(...)

Two major support groups for carers in Ireland have merged to form a new organisation. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Two major support groups for carers have merged to provide a “stronger national voice” for the estimated 200,000 Irish people who look after family me(...)

Irish Times journalist Mark Hilliard: won technology reporter of the year award at the UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards 2015

Irish Times journalist Mark Hilliard has been named technology reporter of the year at the Business journalism awards. He won for a feature(...)

The Cork North Pole Outpost Experience includes a ride on the Elf Express Train from the hidden Elf Station. Photograph:

I Believe in Santa I Believe in Santa is among the first of the Christmas season events, moving the former Clery’s Santa to a new home in (...)