Brian Cowen: It could be that Mr Cowen is reluctant to sit for a portrait, given that he ended his period as taoiseach under a cloud after the State was forced to accept an international bailout. Photograph: David Sleator

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen almost three years after he r(...)

There are several accomplished portrait painters around today to tackle Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s not surprising that most of the portraits of former taoisigh hanging in Leinster House do not scale the heights of artistic excellence. However, (...)

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the State ceremony to mark the centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers, in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

A hundred years ago today the Irish Volunteers were founded at the Rotunda Rink in Dublin. Some 7,000 volunteers are said to have turned out for (...)

The decision to close was due to the ‘significant losses’ incurred since 2008, said Kevin Knightly, ACCBank’s country manager.

Eighty-six years after being set up by a government led by William T Cosgrave, ACCBank is to hand back its banking licence next year following a decis(...)