Ethna Tinney, former independent non-executive director at EBS arriving at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ethna Tinney. How did that woman get on to the board of a major financial institution? What were the lads thinking? Wouldn’t you think the banking hot(...)

A screen grab of the ‘Straight’ video.

Ireland and an Angela Merkel lookalike are unlikely allies in a guerilla marketing campaign for “Straight”, a new magazine aimed at German lesbians. A(...)

The hashtag appeared to originate on Sunday evening from Sandro Maccarrone, who describes himself as a physics teacher from Barcelona. He tweeted: “The Eurogroup proposal is a covert coup d’etat against the Greek people. #ThisIsACoup.”

A list of demands handed to the Greek government in order to secure a European bailout inspired a social media backlash against Germany and its hawki(...)

 At the Fianna Fail manifesto  launch, 2007, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern   and Finance Minister Brian Cowen ...a pre-election auction of tax cuts and spending increases broke out which was even more intense than predicted. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Good historical research requires seeing matters through documents or accounts generated around the time of events. Later accounts are likely to be wr(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An ordinary afternoon of golf, it seemed. Picture the scene: the guys in their neatly pressed casual slacks and Pringle sweaters, sauntering around t(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny – Pondering an election date .... Averaging out its performance in the 17 polls since mid December, Fine Gael is on 25 per cent, a small improvement on how it performed up to December. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

On December 5th last year, just before the Dáil rose for Christmas, we took some time here to look at how the various parties had performed in a poll (...)

NI Finance Minister  Arlene Foster.  Her first budget has cross-party support.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s proposed “fantasy budget”, which won cross party support on Wednesday in Stormont, will buy the Executive “a little breathing space(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin. A Fianna Fáil spokesman said all of its fundraising for 2014 came under the €1,500 limit, above which donations must be publicly declared.

Fianna Fáil was the only major political party not to receive a donation last year above the €1,500 threshold which requires such contributions to be (...)

Tatjana Festerling Pegida  candidate for Dresden’s mayorship. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s far-right anti-Islam Pegida movement took nearly 10 per cent of the vote in mayoral elections in its eastern stronghold of Dresden on Sunday(...)

The only poll that mattersCharles Haughey made a mantra out of his standard response to opinion polls saying the only one that mattered was the electi(...)