Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds with his wife, Kathleen, in 1996: he got a palpable buzz out of life and people, without a drop of alcohol passing his lips (apart from a sip of champagne in September 1994 when the IRA declared a ceasefire, his life’s great achievement). Photograph: Frank Miller

It was 1977, the general election was in full swing and the one feature that could not be ignored – apart from Fianna Fáil’s brazen, vote-buying mani(...)

A file image from 1986 of Albert Reynolds at the C&D Pet Food factory in Edgeworthstown Co Longford. Photograph: Collins

Despite his deteriorating health in recent years, the death of former Fianna Fail taoiseach Albert Reynolds has been met with shock and sadness in Lon(...)

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter fends off Clare’s Darach Honan. Nicky English believes the absence of Rossiter or Liam Óg McGovern would represent a serious blow for Wexford’s ambitions against Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

The main debilitating aspect of Wexford’s run of six championship matches in eight weeks is not principally tired minds and limbs but rather the likel(...)

 Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

It’s difficult to oppose Tipperary. In the familiar surroundings of their Thurles citadel, bolstered by the momentum of largely freewheeling, high -s(...)

Judges Mary Irvine and George Birmingham who were appointed as judges to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nine senior judges have been appointed or promoted in the biggest overhaul of the superior court system in four decades.The Government yesterday anno(...)

Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly gets his shot away as Dublin’s  Stephen Hiney moves in during the Leinster SHC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9Reconstructed, slightly remodelled but the interior of these Kilkenny hurlers looks much the same. Defeat to Dublin, and Cork,(...)

Sir Anthony O’Reilly: Failed in effort to obtain stay on €45m judgment against him

The sun yesterday streamed in through the glass ceiling of Court Number 1, but for Sir Anthony O’Reilly, dark clouds were already starting to gather.(...)

Sir Anthony O Reilly

When he asked for a six-month stay on executing €45 million of judgments by AIB, Sir Anthony O’Reilly said he feared it would cause “great anxiety”(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan with Paddy Brophy after the win over Louth at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin’s shock and awe routine brings with it plenty of collateral damage, chiefly and most obviously the shortening of careers that might otherwise (...)

The two biggest financial bets of O’Reilly’s career – Independent News and Media and Waterford Wedgwood – eventually proved the catalysts for O’Reilly’s downfall. Photograph: Alan Betson

The topic of conversation was Black Monday. A relaxed Tony O’Reilly was wearing a pair of boat shoes – no socks – as he sat on an armchair in the e(...)