Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arriving at Leinster House for his appearance at the Banking Inquiry, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Following Charlie McCreevy is developing into a theme for Brian Cowen. Having taken over from McCreevy in 2004 as finance minister, Biffo on Thursday (...)

Secretary general of the Spanish Socialist Party Pedro Sánchez and his wife, Begoña Fernandez, wave in front of the national flag  during his official presentation in Madrid  as a candidate for the next general election. Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty

When the leader of the opposition Spanish Socialists, Pedro Sánchez, strode on to the stage of a venue in central Madrid last weekend to confirm his c(...)

Labour Party leader Joan Burton. Separate opinion polls have suggested a fall in support for her party.

Labour Party support has shown a decline in separate political opinion polls published on Sunday. According to a Millward Brown poll for the Sunday I(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) talks to Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister at an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has suggested his comments on Greece at a meeting of euro zone ministers on Monday were misrepresented. He told t(...)

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 (...)

Michael Noonan: “My great regret that Greece, which was on the cusp of recovery at the start of 2015, has now gone back into recession”

Political Correspondent Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the time frame for preventing a Greek default has become “incredibly tight”, with(...)

Manuela Carmena, the retired judge who last month took Madrid’s municipal election by storm and is expected to be confirmed as the city’s mayor today. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

She looked like just any other woman in her 70s, reading a book on the Madrid subway. But a closer look at the photograph showed it was indeed Manu(...)

‘Former Labour TD, Róisín Shortall (above), had been talking to left-wing Independent Catherine Murphy, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly and same-sex marriage campaigner Senator Katherine Zappone.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Speculation about another alliance of Independent TDs is the latest manifestation of the pre-election fever now sweeping through the ranks of these wh(...)

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason (in purple, front row) with Senator Helene Conway-Mouret (on her left) and guest of honour Marie-Christine Saragosse (to her right). Photograph: Lara Marlowe

When Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason arrived in Paris last year, she and her Swedish counterpart started an informal network of nearly 20 women ambas(...)

‘Forty years on, this very French, eclectic gathering, lubricated by copious wine and fromages to die for, provided some telling snapshots of the country’s, and particularly its left’s, uncertain, confused, and depressed mood and the langueur of its politics.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Paris in the springtime. Around the tables in the country garden on this balmy evening, pals, old schoolfriends, and family celebrated last weekend on(...)