European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan of Ireland speaks before the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in Brussels. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Phil Hogan’s appearance at the European Parliament this morning was a master-class in political performance, as Ireland’s commissioner-designate succe(...)

Charlie McCreevy: former minister of finance. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy “just laughed” when his predecessor Ray MacSharry told him spending budget surpluses “without giving a(...)

Farming orgaisations welcomed Phil Hogan’s appointment as agriculture commissioner while Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív urged him to tackle the current beef crisis.

There was universal welcome from farm organisations and farming figures for Phil Hogan’s appointment as EU commissioner for agriculture and rural affa(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Values, Money and Me is a new free online teaching resource to help primary-school pupils explore practical and emotional issues around managing money

The junior school at CBC Monkstown Park in Dublin has been pulled back from the brink of closure. A meeting last month announced the small (under 100 (...)

The cabinet files do not record what was said in Michael Noonna’s conversations with Patrick McLaughlin and Joseph Ainsworth on the evening of January 18th

The cabinet meetings of January 18th, 19th and 20th, 1983, were among the most dramatic in Irish political history as ministers considered how to deal(...)

ABP Food Group said today it has settled an action against a UK-based meat firm and begun High Court proceedings against a Polish firm. Photograph: PA

ABP Food Group has settled an action against a UK-based meat firm and begun High Court proceedings against a Polish firm, both relating to the horse m(...)

 US ambassador Margaret Heckler at Áras an Uachtaráin presenting her credentials to president Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Pat Langan

Gerry CollinsIn July 1989, the new minister for foreign affairs Gerry Collins took US ambassador Margaret Heckler aside at his initial meeting with th(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD: said public interest directors appointed during banking crisis had become “lapdogs” and not “watchdogs”. Photographe: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has rejected claims directors appointed to represent the public interest during the banking crisis were instead acting in the po(...)

Even by the Seanad’s high standards, Marc MacSharry’s capacity for pomposity is quite something.

Senator Marc MacSharry from Sligo has a big interest in amateur dramatics, but he isn’t very good at it.Hams have been known to ask him for his autogr(...)