Brian Lenihan

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Brian Keenan was teaching at the American University of Beirut when he was kidnapped by the pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad in April 1986. He was freed in 1990. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes wrote to the tánaiste Brian Lenihan in 1988 to tell him of a “cynical and disquieting” move by the Iranian ambassador to c(...)

A large crater caused by a bomb destroyed part of the main Belfast to Dublin railway line close to Newry on June 30, 2000. The bomb was thought to have been the work of the dissident republican terrorist group the Real IRA. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

An IRA bomb that exploded on the tracks of the Dublin to Belfast railway could have had “disastrous” consequences if a different train had been in ser(...)

Minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan with An Ngoc Dung (2) and Van Quoc Thanh (3) at a party for Vietnamese refugees at Blanchardstown hospital, Co Dublin, in 1979. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Forty years ago today, on Christmas Eve 1979, the front page of The Irish Times carried an unusually cheery photograph of then minister for foreign af(...)

TDs must have a minimum of 120 days’ attendance over the year to qualify for the travel and accommodation allowance. File photograph: Alan Betson

TDs could be required to use fingerprint technology to vote in the Dáil and clock in for the purposes of claiming expenses under moves being considere(...)

‘Swap a hurl for a cricket bat, the word “Brussels” for “Dublin”, and Boris Johnson would be right at home in a back bar in south Kerry, waging a derisory finger at “them up in Dublin” with one hand and knocking back a pint with the other.’ Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

“I’ve seen it over the years, the more intellectual they are, the more work they don’t want to do.” It reads like a Brexit rallying-cry, like when Mi(...)

Outgoing Central Bank governor Philip Lane: pay cap “may limit the recruitment pool for senior leadership roles”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Central Bank has warned the Government that an effective ban on bankers’ bonuses represents a “current and future risk” to the stability of the ba(...)

Department of Finance secretary general Derek Moran. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will receive advice from the Central Bank on the potential removal of the €500,000 pay cap on bankers’ pay th(...)

Fianna Fáil party leader Micheál Martin: The improvement on northside Dublin, allied with more modest improvements south of the Liffey, allows the party look Fine Gael in the eye in the capital. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil will take heart from its performance on local councils around the country, even while it regrets the handling of the party’s campaign in t(...)

 AIB deputy chair Catherine Woods during the bank’s agm at The Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. She said pay restrictions were of “concern” to investors. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

State-controlled bank AIB has stepped up its long-running campaign to convince the Government that the crisis-era restrictions that were brought in on(...)

‘We totally bought into Ireland’s growth story,’ says Simon Kelly of Redquartz of the mood before the crash. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

It was the tie that gave it away. Paddy Kelly, one of Ireland’s biggest developers, and his son Simon had just visited the headquarters of Anglo Irish(...)

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