Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the St Andrews Resource Centre in Dublin for the launch of the Low Pay commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he is worth his €3,500 a week salary.Asked at the launch of the Low Pay Commission in Dublin whether his €185,000 a (...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: opposed benchmarking and social partnership while Fine Gael were in opposition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A private meeting of Fine Gael Ministers this week heard concerns expressed about the emerging prospect of new talks with the social partners on issue(...)

Frank Flannery was spotted in the company of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the days after the Christmas period. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery could be set for a surprise return to the party as it gears up for the general election.(...)

A ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport has faced vigorous opposition from sporting organisations and drinks companies. Photograph: The Irish Times 6:56

A clause allowing for the banning of alcohol sponsorship of sports is to be included next month in new legislation designed to limit the sale and misu(...)

Former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and his wife, Joan. She approved the menu for the State dinner. Photograph: Jack McManus

Guests at the 1984 State banquet in Dublin in honour of US president Ronald Reagan were treated to roast beef and turtle soup, but only the to(...)

President Hillery: it was suggested that he sign thank-you letters for donations as low as $10.  Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was  mentioned as an alternative signatory. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

A project involving tree-planting to be paid for by Irish-Americans got cautious government approval in 1984.But a suggestion that president Patrick H(...)

The Cork branch of Irish CND collecting signatures in College Green, Dublin, in 1984 for petitions asking presidents Reagan and Andropov to stop the arms race. The petitions were placed in the mock missiles and delivered to the US and Soviet embassies. Photograph: Pat Langan

Fears that a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite might crash to Earth in Ireland triggered a plan from the Nuclear Energy Board, according to a report su(...)

Eamonn McEneaney of the Waterford Museum of Treasures winds the clock that once belonged to Napoleon’s mother. Photograph: Patrick Browne

An 18th century French gilt clock that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte’s mother became the property of the State in 1984, according to documents(...)

Minister for finance Alan Dukes in Leinster House on budget day 1983. In 1984 he warned his cabinet colleagues that the financing of public expenditure for the remainder of that year could not be assured. Photograph: Jack McManus

Ireland came close to being forced into a bailout more than a quarter of a century before it actually happened, according to Government papers rele(...)

Brian Lenihan: The 2010 budget strategy memorandum was drawn up by the then minister for finance. Photograph Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance told ministers in 2009 they would have to tell public servants cuts to their core pay and allowances would be “once -off mea(...)