Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

A file image from 2007 of then Fianna Fail director of elections PJ Mara at an election press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The  Irish Times

PJ Mara, who died on Friday, proved himself to be the one of the most effective campaign directors in Irish political history. He had a number of cha(...)

The Rossport five: Michael Ó Seighin, Brendan Philbin, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath and Philip McGrath leaving the Four Courts after being released from prison in 2005.

As gas is flared into the skies above north Mayo, it is worth reflecting on a project that has been one of modern Ireland’s greatest scandals, a stunn(...)

After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is due for a pension rise under the Public Interest Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any argument for restoring up to €1,700 to the pension of former taoiseach Brian Cowen is “truly demented”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House in this file photograph.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has condemned as “disgraceful” the restoration of pensions to former taoisigh and ministers. She said up to (...)

Former FF minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon Tribunal in Dublin Castle in November 2006. Photograph: The Irish Times

The planning tribunal says it is reviewing its landmark 2002 report that made corruption findings against former Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke and hi(...)

James Stafford:  took over his family’s coal-importing business, transforming it into a major player in the coal market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The businessman and art collector James Stafford, who has died aged 70, was a leading figure in the Irish business world in the 1970s and 1980s, who l(...)

‘On Tuesday when the Taoiseach began to tell the Dáil that he has “been a supporter for a very long time of the idea that Dáil questions should be answered as fully and as completely as possible” the Opposition laughed in his face.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In January 1992, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, while chairing the long and expensive beef tribunal felt compelled to make the following observation: “If t(...)

Catherine Murphy: her comments in the Dáil were published on the Oireachtas website. Photograph: Alan Betson

Houses of the Oireachtas sources claim Independent TD Catherine Murphy did not abuse Dáil rules or privilege when making comments about businessman D(...)