Ray Macsharry

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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(...)

Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy leaving the High Court after the judgment awarding them £20,000 damages each. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The saga of the improper telephone tapping of journalists Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold, by the Garda Síochána on the instructions of the Haughe(...)

 Lissadell House in Sligo is now owned by barristers Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh

The State rejected for cost reasons the idea of acquiring Lissadell House and estate in Sligo, childhood home of Constance Markievicz, one of the lead(...)

 New minister for finance Ray MacSharry unveiling his budget on March 31st, 1987

When Charles Haughey took power in March 1987, having campaigned on the slogan that spending cuts hurt the poor, the old and the sick, he proceeded to(...)

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