Former minister for enterprise Mary Harney said in 2005 that she asked civil servant Gerry Ryan to end his inquiry into tax evasion in 2004 as it had been running for seven years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

1971:Ansbacher accounts were funds lodged in Ireland by the Cayman Islands bank, Ansbacher (Cayman) Ltd. They were at the core of an unauthorised fina(...)

Twelve appointments were made to the board of Irish Water in 2013 by its parent company Bord Gáis Éireann but these were approved in advance by then ministers Phil Hogan and Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Existing directors of Irish Water and its parent company Ervia, formerly known as Bord Gáis, are likely to have to reapply for their positions when(...)

Lucinda Creighton said Andrew Sheehy made a donation to her campaign but she “didn’t really know him”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The brother of a Fine Gael donor recorded as giving €1,000 to Lucinda Creighton when she was contesting a Dáil seat for the party was appointed to the(...)

Former PD leader Des O’Malley with Mary Harney at the launch of his memoir Conduct Unbecoming in the Mansion House in Dublin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Progressive Democrats held their Christmas Party in Dublin’s Mansion House last night. Sort of. A galaxy of luminaries from the former political (...)

The  interior of the Newstalk newsroom. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Newstalk has today announced a new deal to provide a news service to the UTV group of radio stations:It will provide national and international news, (...)

Paul Murphy makes his a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection at the count centre in the Basketbal Arena in Tallaght. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy’s victory in the Dublin South West byelection was a master stroke in political tactics and timing.Murphy, a former Socialist Party MEP, di(...)

Paul Murphy, Anti-Austerity Alliance,  prepares a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy has won a sensational victory in the Dublin South West byelection.He defeated the hot favourite, Sinn Fe(...)

Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said he was aware that Hilary Quinlan, who resigned yesterday as a director of Ir(...)

Brendan Howlin, who announced a new policy of filling board vacancies, speaking outside Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Ministers will have to choose all State board appointments from a shortlist provided to them by the public appointments service under new measures agr(...)