Illustration: Alan Clarke

The old man says it’s like looking for a proverbial what’s-it in a bloody well what’s-it. He’s pacing backwards and forwards and smoking like a cre(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan would get a budget boost from the programme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

A massive programme of government bond purchases by euro zone central banks will get under way next month, with the Central Bank of Ireland set to b(...)

Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

 Patrick Honohan arriving at the  Oireachtas banking inquiry in January. He later wrote asking to ‘rephrase’ some of his comments. Photograph: Alan Betson

The banking inquiry is set to recall Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan to reappear before it because of his written request to amend evidence he g(...)

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Games Ireland won that they might have lost 1994: Ireland was beaten by France 35-15 and then Wales came to Dublin to add a second defeat, this time 1(...)

A Native American costume which sold for €320,000

A Native American costume, brought home to an aristocratic house in Co Kilkenny more than 100 years ago, sold for €320,000 at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers(...)

Surf’s up: Allan Mulrooney and Kian Egan grew up in the same housing estate. Allan was able to guide Kian into the world of surfing, which helped him escape the sometimes bewildering whirlwind of Westlife’s success.

The idea was a simple one: combine a reunion for a bunch of best mates who hadn’t seen each other in a while with something we all like to do: surf(...)

 John Wilson: said prohibition never worked. File Photograph: Courts Collins

Garda whistleblower John Wilson has called for a “rational, mature” debate on legalising cannabis in Ireland, given its widespread use.“If the psychoa(...)

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, has said “comfortable assumptions” that legal fees should continue as before “without the slightest regard for privations experienced by citizens”, including other professionals, does not serve “the interests of justice”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The President of the High Court has said “comfortable assumptions” that legal fees should continue as before “without the slightest regard for privati(...)

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said the so-called ‘Brexit’ possibility transcended traditional divisions on the islands

Uncertainty over Britain’s future membership of the EU is undermining the political stability necessary for prosperity, the annual British-Irish chamb(...)