Brian Lenihan

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Gardaí restrain protesters outside Cavan District Court against the rearrest for extradition of Maze prison escapee Anthony Kane in November 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Apart from the running catalogue of terrorist and related events in Northern Ireland, the single most contentious issue in Anglo-Irish relations for (...)

The library at the the Irish College in Paris, pictured in 2000. Photograph: Eric Luke

A row over sending 20 young Irish people on work experience to assist with the refurbishment of the Irish College in Paris spanned more than two years(...)

An Phoblacht said an IRA volunteer had been authorised to show the document to an RTÉ journalist prior to Fenn going on holiday. Photograph: Frank Miller

British ambassador to Ireland Nicholas Fenn rang the Department of Justice in August 1987 following media coverage of an alleged leak of a Garda docum(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey waves to supporters outside Leinster House after his election as taoiseach in 1987. Photograph: Jack Mc Manus

When Charles Haughey replaced Garret FitzGerald as taoiseach in March 1987 there were fears the Anglo Irish Agreement might collapse and the governmen(...)

IRA weapons pictured in 2001 after being recovered by security forces. Photograph: PA

The IRA was costing up to £3 million a year to run during the 1980s, according to newly declassified security briefings. The then RUC chief constable(...)

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in Ma(...)

AIB chief executive Bernard Byrne told the Oireachtas finance committee on Thursday now would be a good time for the Government to sell further shares.   Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

You can understand why noise is growing around the prospects of the Government flogging another bunch of shares in AIB next year – given that the stoc(...)

Joe Duffy: “The punters knew the banks were dodgy before the politicians did.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Joe Duffy was a child in Ballyfermot he came upon two adult neighbours having a row. He did what Joe Duffy does to this day. He got involved. “I (...)

The Government moved close to collapse on Thursday night and everybody is wondering how events might unfold in the coming hours and days. He is what m(...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  said  changing the rules would have a detrimental impact on the value of the State’s investment in the banks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has ruled out amending tax regulations, which allow banks to offset losses made during the recession against fut(...)

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