Former minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon tribunal at Dublin Castle in 2006. The tribunal has paid legal fees to builders Tom Brennan and Joseph McGowan, who it found made corrupt payments to Burke. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Mahon tribunal has begun making substantial payments to cover the legal fees of some of those it found to be involved in corruption in the planni(...)

Mountjoy Prison reception wing: for the first 24 hours newcomers are housed in the relative comfort of B Base before going to permanent cells or another prison Photograph: David Sleator

Former minister of state Ivor Callely is due to be told this morning if he will stay in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, to begin his sentence, or if he wi(...)

Capital Radio DJ Colm Hayes before the station went on air in July 1989. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The first song played on independent radio in Ireland was Phil Lynott’s Old Town. I know, I was there, on the roof of St Stephen’s Green shopping c(...)

The brothers, Michael and Thomas, did not dispute evidence presented by the director of corporate enforcement

Developers Michael and Thomas Bailey have been disqualified from acting as company directors for seven years after the High Court found them guilty of(...)

The brothers, Michael and Thomas, did not dispute evidence presented by the director of corporate enforcement The brothers, Michael and Thomas, did not dispute evidence presented by the director of corporate enforcement

Builders Michael and Thomas Bailey have been disqualified from acting as company directors for seven years after the High Court yesterday found the(...)

Michael and Thomas Bailey who have been disqualified from acting as company directors for seven years.

Developers Michael and Thomas Bailey have been disqualified from acting as company directors for seven years after the High Court found them guilty(...)

Bovale directors Tom and Mick Bailey. In the earlier part of the noughties the two Baileys shared salaries from Bovale Developments of about €10 million each

Accounts just filed in the UK for Bovale Ltd, an English arm of the construction group owned by brothers Tom and Michael Bailey (above) , state the bu(...)

A 1989 US diplomatic cable noted that former taoiseach Charles Haughey’s objective for his meeting with US secretary of state James Baker was to discuss a new class of foreign corporations labelled in the Act as “Passive Foreign Investment Companies”. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Charles Haughey sought “preferential treatment” for Ireland from the United States on taxation after an Act was introduced by the Reagan regime in the(...)

“The shortcomings of our processes for investigating corruption are all too obvious today following the release of this chapter and last week’s collapse of the corruption trial because of the illness of former lobbyist Frank Dunlop.” Photograph: Collins Courts.

The publication yesterday of the “missing chapter” from the planning tribunal’s final report represents the final act of an inquiry that started 16 ye(...)

Christian Zaschke’s article in Süddeutsche Zeitung last week, which claimed that Ireland’s political elite had failed its people, not least over oil rights,

Original introduction: Chancellor Merkel has “contempt” for Ireland’s bankers. But they are just one part of an elite that exploits the island shamele(...)