Dermot Ryan

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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(...)

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The Taoiseach is enjoying some rare time off over Christmas and this year promises to be a particularly special one for Leo Varadkar and his family. (...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

The FSU estimates that banks in Ireland have eliminated 26,000 jobs in a decade of unprecedented restructuring. File photograph: Getty Images

The Financial Services Union’s (FSU) general secretary Dermot Ryan has quit after only six months in the job. Mr Ryan succeeded the union’s long-sta(...)

In July last year, AIB abandoned plans to offshore additional IT functions to Wipro.

AIB has decided to move 100 outsourced information technology (IT) roles back inhouse, joining a growing number of large companies globally that are c(...)

Michael Palin will talk about his new book Erebus: The Story of a Ship. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Writer and broadcaster Michael Palin will be among the participants in the Dublin Festival of History this autumn. The former Monty Python star has (...)

Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh

AIB and Bank of Ireland have emerged from the wreckage of the Republic’s financial system a decade ago with a near-dominant position in the market. Wi(...)

Michael McGrath: he said the Central Bank was still allowing some lenders to “treat their existing customers in a very unfair manner”

The Central Bank’s report into the behaviour and culture of the Irish retail banks is “quite abstract”, and the focus must now be on practical measure(...)

Then president Éamon de Valera and  Sean Lemass attending the Michael Collins memorial mass in The Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Dublin on June 23rd, 1969. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times

The Lemass tapes, which were recently made public by The Irish Times, were intended to be the former taoiseach’s authorised biography, it has emerged.(...)

Then taoiseach Seán Lemass with president Éamon de Valera, Dr Thomas Morris and Cardinal Dalton (left). Photograph: Gordon Standing/The Irish Times

Seán Lemass told his son-in-law Charles Haughey that he would be a “fool” if he took a position equivalent to today’s minister of state post. Shortl(...)

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