The Four Courts. When the case taken by Davy Target Investments came before Mr Justice Brian McGovern at the Commercial Court on Friday, he agreed to fast-track it. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Solas, the State further education and training authority, is being sued at the Commercial Court in an effort to compel the carrying out of repair wor(...)

Arts funding: a shallow gesture

Before becoming Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar made a commitment to double expenditure on the arts. This raised great expectations. It could be claimed that (...)

Financial literacy is quite low, and pension planning is a ‘scary thought’ for many people

Financial fitness A private pension for everyone finally looks set to be on the way given the Government’s recently expressed commitment to the intro(...)

BMW Financial Services (Ireland) managing director Brian Merrigan, left, pictured with Oliver Tattan, who is joining the board of the motor loans company as an independent non-executive director. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Former VHI chief executive, Oliver Tattan, is joining the board of BMW Financial Services (Ireland) as a independent director. The motor loans compan(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: left investors grappling with low incomes as a result of the €2.3 trillion stimulus programme he launched. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

While investors globally grappled with the hell of low incomes under European Central Bank president Mario Draghi’s €2.3 trillion stimulus programme, (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Mr Donohoe said the private investors in NAMAIL received €13.5 million of dividend to date. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Church of Ireland has emerged as a shareholder in the holding company behind Nama, in a deal that allowed a UK hedge fund to lock in some gains fo(...)

Felix McKenna, Urbeo Residential’s new chief executive. He was previously a member of the Nama executive team, and is a former director of property services at Eircom

Former Nama executive Felix McKenna has been appointed as chief executive of Urbeo Residential, a new fund established to invest in long-term rental a(...)

Friends First HQ

UK insurance group Aviva is in advanced talks to acquire Friends First from Dutch group Achmea, according to sources. The Irish life assurance, pensio(...)

Tom Murphy: it is hard to think of more than half a dozen of his contemporaries in the English-speaking theatre who have created so much work of such high voltage. Photographed in 2008 by Bryan O’Brien

If Tom Murphy were a different kind of writer his work over almost 60 years would fall into two distinct categories. One would be a fierce, unflinchin(...)

A group of demonstrators opposed to contraception pictured outside Leinster House in July 1974.  Photograph: Tommy Collins

The two great failures of the first seven decades of the independent Irish State – the economy and the North – dominated politics in the 1970s. Thoug(...)