Ray Macsharry

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Marc MacSharry on Micheál Martin as leader of Fianna Fáil: ‘Everybody else is expected to row in blindly.’ Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is running Fianna Fáil as a “one-man show”, Sligo-Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry has said. After quitting the parliamentary party(...)

Phil Hogan at Leinster House in 2011 for coalition talks between Fine Gael and Labour. ‘He was one of the few Irish politicians who have translated their undoubted abilities on the local and national stage to success on the European milieu.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Although the recent local election results provided the party with little to shout about,” stated a Young Fine Gael newsletter in 1986, “in Phil Hoga(...)

Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

AIB needed a €20.8 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis. To date, it has repaid about €10.5 billion of that amount.

The State has looked overseas to find two new members for the board of AIB, in which taxpayers retain a 71 per cent stake following the lender’s bailo(...)

Apple’s main Irish offices in Hollyhill, Cork, where it  employs some 6,000 people. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Reuters

Ray MacSharry objected to additional support being given to Apple in Cork when he was minister for finance in 1988, describing the company’s record in(...)

A 70ft model of Gulliver  on Dollymount strand was among the projects for the Dublin Millennium. Photograph: Jack MacManus

The Republic’s capital celebrated the Dublin Millennium in 1988 even though, according to historians, the city was founded by the Vikings about 841. (...)

Consultant cardiologist Dr Donal Murray: Large amounts of health spending are wasted on “committees and talking shops designed to avoid any serious and rational decision-making”.

Vast amounts of health spending are wasted on “committees and talking shops designed to avoid any serious and rational decision-making”, a veteran con(...)

O'donoghue

Prof Martin O’Donoghue, the economist and former government minister, was remembered at his funeral on Tuesday as a courteous and gentle man who used (...)

 Independent Mattie McGrath was among those to contribute as the Dáil debated the latest developments in the broadband plan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Can’t wait to see Katherine Zappone’s frock when she hits the red carpet at the Ifta awards. Hollywood Boulevard meets Dawson Street. It’ll be wall-t(...)

RTÉ presenter Marian Finucane photographed in 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

RTÉ’s capital spending was to be “cut to the bone” in 1987 and a planned new library was among the first casualties. A memo from an official to minis(...)

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