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The then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, during a  press conference at Government Buildings in September 2008 where he said the government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

Two hundred and eighty words. That is how long the government’s blanket guarantee for the State’s banks was when it was published at around 6.45am on (...)

 Anglo-Irish bank Headquarters on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seamus Murphy was something of a maverick in Dublin’s small stockbroking community in late 2006 when he suddenly turned negative on Irish banks. That(...)

Image of the week. September 2010: Unfinished business at what was meant to have been the new headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank, and has since become the new Central Bank HQ. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In numbers: Bank bust fallout €35 billion Cost that the State has carried for the bailout of defunct lenders Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide B(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has stuck to his position that any talks on a successor to the confidence-and-supply deal must wait until after the budget. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Micheál Martin insists he won’t talk about it until after the October 9th budget, but it is likely to be the main topic of conversation among his TDs (...)

Speaking at the Kennedy Summer School, Former minister for EU affairs, Lucinda Creighton said there was ‘very little sign’ of the key Brexit issues being resolved. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has described the Brexit process as a “car-crash” and said two years of “shadowboxing” since th(...)

Seán Gallagher reacts as Martin McGuinness tackles him on the issue of a Fianna Fáil fundraiser. Photograph: RTÉ

Seán Gallagher almost became president in 2011 until his campaign imploded in the final days of the campaign. But what exactly happened? It had been,(...)

  Pope Francis  receiving a bouquet of flowers from a daughter of  Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney  at Dublin airport. Photograph: EPA

Clerical sex abuse was addressed “frankly” by the Taoiseach and Pope Francis in their speeches but there had to be “follow-through” to identify those (...)

 President Michael D Higgins with racegoers at Ballybrit on Wednesday. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

President Michael D Higgins’ objections to gambling firms sponsoring sports events didn’t stop him from performing some ceremonial duties at the Galwa(...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Bertie Ahern: will his achievements be eclipsed by his shortcomings? Photograph: David Sleator

Pat Leahy Ahern’s first government was his best Ten years on is an arbitrary but apposite yardstick at which to assess a political career. Given the (...)

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