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Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at his final press conference in September 2009. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The government led by Brian Cowen was already doomed when, in January of 2011, it was revealed that the then taoiseach had played golf with the chairm(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Budgets are meant to be drab, boring affairs in which incremental tax changes are laid out alongside modest spending plans.

If you think of the dramatic budgets of the past – Charlie McCreevy’s decentralisation fiasco of 2003, Brian Cowen’s unsustainable giveaway in 2007, B(...)

The former Artane Industrial School, now St David’s, which was run by the Christian Brothers. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Religious congregations which ran orphanages, reformatories, and industrial schools for children have yet to fulfil the terms of two agreements reache(...)

Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy: “The former members of the commission stand over its report which speaks for itself and must be read in its entirety.” Photograph: Eric Luke

In the depths of the winter of 2009, the then taoiseach, Brian Cowen, rose in the Dáil to give his verdict on the just-published Murphy report which h(...)

Martyn Turner in his studio in Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill. Background: Martyn Turner

Martyn Turner began contributing cartoons to The Irish Times in the summer of 1971. Half a century later, he’s still a satirical genius Martyn T(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly’s  sacrifice may never be recognised. But like Jesus, he’s offered himself up for the greater good. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In the Star Trek films and TV shows, a thing called the Kobayashi Maru pops up every now and again. It’s a simulated test where cadets at Starfleet Ac(...)

 Traffic crossing the Border near Derry. Brexit provisions  afford the North the unique advantage of being simultaneously in the UK and in EU’s single market when it comes to trade in goods.  Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit, the controversies around the Northern Ireland Protocol and the possibility of Scottish independence and the eventual break-up of the UK have (...)

 Former minister for housing  Eoghan Murphy in 2019. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A sudden resignation by a sitting TD from the Dáil is a rare event. You could count the number who have stepped down in the past 20 years on the fing(...)

127 Lower Baggot St comprises 4,233sq ft with a garden patio of 500sq ft and up to four car parking spaces.

For movers and shakers of a certain vintage, and certainly for those who held sway in the areas of politics, media and the law during the Celtic Tiger(...)

The Beacon Hospital in Dublin. Coronavirus vaccine operations at the private hospital have been suspended after it used spare doses to vaccinate teachers at a private school. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Beacon private hospital is at the centre of a storm for providing coronavirus vaccines to teachers at a private school attended by the children of(...)

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