The arrangements using charities are part of tax-efficient structured finance deals aimed at attracting the institutions to set up “special purpose vehicles”in Ireland to house the high-risk assets. A team of economists from the Central Bank last month published a report on the use of these types of structures

Matheson, Ireland’s biggest corporate tax firm, uses three charities registered to “relieve poverty and distress” to help hedge funds and banks pay le(...)

One study showed that those who do not take vacations are more likely to be older and poorer, and did not show the gains in health and wellbeing of those taking a holiday. Photograph: Thinkstock

This week’s column comes shortly after summer vacation with my family, struggling gamely with the elements at Jamie Knox’s wonderful windsurfing sc(...)

Liam O’Dwyer: he has also served as the national director of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former chief executive of the Irish League of Credit Unions Liam O’Dwyer has been appointed the new secretary general of the Irish Red Cross (IRC). (...)

Photograph from February 2008 of Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The news that a number of TDs are supporting the release from prison of Michael McKevitt as he recovers from surgery prompted some different reactions(...)

Dolores Atwood, pictured leaving the Four Courts during the lunchbreak of a High Court action for damages taken by former archbishop of Benin Richard Burke. Photograph: Courts Collins

A woman has told the High Court a priest kissed her and touched her breast while she was being treated for typhoid fever in a hospital in Nigeria in 1(...)

Gerard Williams Sandys and Bryan C Brophy, of Sandys and Brophy, Galway, failed in their challenge to a decision by the Law Society to refer a complaint about the alleged overcharging to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Two solicitors overcharged by €340,000 for their work on administering the estate of a woman who left €14 million to the St Vincent de Paul charitable(...)

 Paul McGinley: McGinley Foundation made donations and gifts of £230,000.   Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Will golfer Pádraig Harrington be competing in this weekend’s US Masters tournament wearing items from his Dunnes Stores range? Harrington stands out (...)

An Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter was involved in a search for the man who fell into the River Lee.

A major search operation is under way in Cork for a 35-year-old homeless man who apparently fell into the River Lee in Cork city early on Saturday.The(...)

Fr Pierre Pepper is carried aloft after defeating Jared Madden during his amateur boxing match in  Banagher in Co Offaly.  The fight  raised proceeds for charity. Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

  It was white-collar boxing Banagher-style and there could be only one winner, local curate Fr Pierre Pepper. The culmination of week(...)

‘The Government operates a system of direct provision for asylum-seekers, so that each adult gets €19.10 a week, along with accommodation and food. People languish for years in a system originally intended to be a temporary measure for six months or so.’ Above, a group of  asylum seekers, refugees and supporters which marched from the Dáil to the Department of Justice last year protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Some time ago, I visited a direct provision hostel that is within walking distance of the Dáil. Although it is so centrally located, no one to whom I (...)