Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: said PTSB the bank had ‘essentially adopted a steamroller approach’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Permanent TSB has been accused of “despicable behaviour” over its treatment of almost 1,400 mortgage customers whose accounts it mismanaged with th(...)

Ministers Michael Noonan and Alex White prior to the final Cabinet meeting at Lissadell House, Sligo before the summer recess. Photograph: The Irish Times

As the Cabinet met in the serene setting of Lissadell House in Sligo on Wednesday for the last time before the summer recess, an oft-repeated quote ca(...)

The Arklow/Rathnew Motorway the M11 looking north which was officially opened by Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country has been bypassed with the opening of a new section of the M11 in Co Wicklow. The Arklow/R(...)

Fine Gael Minister of State for Public Expenditure and Reform Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A proclamation of 1533 prohibiting criticism of the marriage of Henry VIII to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, after he divorced Catherine of Aragon, is (...)

‘Head of a Dominican Monk’ by Rubens from the Russborough House collection

The Government has welcomed the emergence of “white knights” willing to buy paintings from Russborough House that were due to be auctioned at Chris(...)

 Minister of State for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said on Tuesday “I just heard this morning that so-called white knights had emerged to acquire them on behalf of the State and that would be a very welcome and good development”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The emergence of “white knights” willing to buy paintings from Russborough House that were due to be auctioned at Christie’s in London has been wel(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

Venus and Jupiter, by Peter Paul Rubens. The painting is one of the pieces from the Beit collection that is to be sold in order to raise funds for Russborough house. The trust that runs the house has refused a request by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to cancel or delay the sale of valuable paintings.

The trust that runs Russborough House in Co Wicklow has refused a request by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to cancel or delay the sale of valuab(...)

A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

Detail from Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s Venus and Jupiter, oil on oak panel, which is to be sold by the Alfred Beit Foundation to raise funds for the upkeep of the house. The old master artwork has been estimated to sell at £1.2 million to £1.8 million.

The custodians of valuable paintings due to be sold in London have been urged not to “rush ahead” as Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys (...)