Brian Lenihan

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A mural depicting Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan on a Dublin wall on November 24th, 2010. In early October Ireland had crossed the threshold from financial vulnerability to irreversible crisis. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish crisis had been building since late September 2008. To persuade creditors to continue to fund Irish banks, the government had guaranteed tha(...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators outside Leinster House in 1983. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The referendum’s outcome brings to a close a 35-year political war that convulsed Irish politics in a succession of bitter controversies and referendu(...)

Brian Lenihan training with Ireland in 2014. Photograph: Steve Langan/Inpho

Cork City boss John Caulfield has expressed his sadness over the news that the club’s former defender, Brian Lenihan, has been forced to retire from t(...)

 Brian Lenihan in action for  Hull City in April 2016. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Former under-21 international defender Brian Lenihan has announced his retirement from professional football, aged just 23, after admitting defeat in (...)

Rory Montgomery: regarded as the “intellectual powerhouse on all things European”.

Most Thursday mornings they meet in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Iveagh House on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. There are no green jer(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said: “There is a world of difference between Irish Water’s plan for charges and their actual implementation. Water charges remain politically completely toxic.” File photograph: Getty Images

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has said the introduction of excess water charges starting from next year could lead to a reintroduction of water charges in(...)

The Government’s move to offer low-interest loans to a limited number of people refused mortgages by their banks, an initiative launched this week by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, is a carefully designed political distraction. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The latest Government intervention in the housing market – offering low-interest loans to a limited number of people refused mortgages by their banks (...)

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(...)

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