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  1. April 18, 2014

    Hunt for scapegoats traps Ireland in the past

    The narrative of Ireland’s financial collapse between 2008 and 2010 has not one villain, but two. One is Bertie Ahern, the...

  2. June 26, 2013

    A dark, cruel comedy at the expense of the Irish taxpayer

    Even Jonathan Swift, creator of Gulliver’s Travels and Ireland’s most famous satirist, would surely have hesitated before...

  1. May 17, 2013

    Ireland proposes parliamentary inquiry into banking crisis

    Five years after Ireland’s banking meltdown, which resulted in an international bailout, Dublin has proposed a law to enable...

  2. October 30, 2012

    Rotten foundations hit Irish boom victims

    Stephanie Meehan stands in her damp-ridden apartment and worries how she will ever be able to repay her €300,000 mortgage....

  3. August 24, 2012

    Dubliners flock to see ‘muppet’ bankers

    The collapse of a bank that could end up costing Irish taxpayers €30bn might seem more suited to Greek tragedy than musical...

  4. March 22, 2012

    Ahern failed to tell truth, says inquiry

    Ireland’s former prime minister, Bertie Ahern, failed to “truthfully account” for IR£165,000 in secret payments that he...

  5. October 20, 2011

    Basque militants lay down weapons

    The militant Basque separatist group Eta has announced the “definitive cessation of its military activity” after more than...

  6. June 10, 2011

    Ireland’s Lenihan loses cancer battle

    Brian Lenihan, the Irish politician who was appointed finance minister just as Ireland’s economy collapsed, has died at the...

  7. January 17, 2011

    Cowen rival urges change of leadership

    Brian Cowen’s rival for the Fianna Fáil leadership warned on Monday that the party would be wiped out unless there was a...

  8. April 8, 2010

    Paisley gives us hope

    Philip Stephens: Good riddance! Cynics have called it the rotten parliament. Britain has been governed by cheats and...

  9. Westminster Blog

    April 6, 2010

    Here's a heresy - sometimes politics works

    Good riddance! Cynics have called it the rotten parliament. Britain has been governed by cheats and charlatans. The expenses...

  10. April 1, 2010

    Politicians and media join bankers in the stocks

    Sean FitzPatrick, the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank arrested and questioned last month over allegations of financial...

  11. April 1, 2010

    Politicians, officials and the media join bankers in the stocks

    Sean FitzPatrick, the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank arrested and questioned last month over allegations of financial...

  12. March 31, 2010

    Politicians, others join bankers in the stocks

    Sean FitzPatrick, the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank arrested and questioned last month over allegations of financial...

  13. November 29, 2009

    Movers & Shakers: Nov 30

    ● Nikko Asset Management has hired Michael Herring as chief operating and financial officer of its US operations. Mr Herring...

  14. October 20, 2009

    Ireland names new banking regulator

    Ireland has recruited its new banking regulator from the Bermuda Monetary Authority. Matthew Elderfield, chief executive of...

  15. October 15, 2009

    Ahern admits to part in Irish crisis

    Bertie Ahern, Ireland’s former prime minister, admitted on Wednesday that his decision in 2001 to create a new financial...

  16. October 15, 2009

    Ahern admits regulator move played big part in Irish crisis

    Bertie Ahern, Ireland's former prime minister, admitted yesterday that his decision in 2001 to create a new financial...

  17. October 15, 2009

    Ahern admits mistake on banks

    Bertie Ahern, Ireland's former prime minister, admitted yesterday that his decision in 2001 to create a new financial...

  18. May 20, 2009

    Irish report details ‘endemic’ child abuse

    A report into child abuse in children’s homes run by Irish Roman Catholic religious organisations found that sexual abuse...

  19. May 13, 2009

    Irish 'bad bank' to call time on crony capitalism

    Brian Lenihan, Irish finance minister, has a joke about the "bad bank" he has created to take over loans extended to...

  20. February 20, 2009

    Prosperity just a blip for old Ireland

    The most improbable headline of the week in Ireland – perhaps in all Europe – came in the Meath Chronicle. It was so...

  21. June 14, 2008

    Defiance of the independent voter

    Ministers in Dublin are at a loss to explain the scale of Ireland's emphatic rejection of the European Union's Lisbon...

  22. June 14, 2008

    Defiance of the independent voter

    Ministers in Dublin are at a loss to explain the scale of Ireland's emphatic rejection of the European Union's Lisbon...

  23. Brussels Blog

    June 13, 2008

    Brussels faces the mother of all political crises

    At 12 O’clock on Friday, after three hours of counting in the Irish referendum, it is starting to look as if Irish voters...

  24. May 8, 2008

    No honeymoon for new Irish PM

    Brian Cowen is expected to have the shortest honeymoon of any recent Irish prime minister as he assumes the job of...

  25. May 7, 2008

    No honeymoon for new Irish PM

    Brian Cowen is expected to have the shortest honeymoon of any recent Irish prime minister as he assumes the job of Taoiseach...

  26. May 5, 2008

    Tough choices ahead for the Celtic tiger

    Until recently, Ireland could claim to be the most successful economy in Europe. A decade-long boom, driven initially by...

  27. May 5, 2008

    The navvy returns to the big smoke

    Any worker who could be called a navvy today is likely to be a Pole or other central European, writes John Murray Brown ....

  28. May 3, 2008

    Ireland's poll on Lisbon treaty on a knife edge

    Few Irishmen are better equipped than Pat Cox to make the case for Ireland's role in Europe. But even the usually loquacious...

  29. April 23, 2008

    Berlin open to idea of Blair as president

    Germany is leaving the door open for Tony Blair to become a candidate for the European Union presidency but is not going so...

  30. April 15, 2008

    Belfast hopes to attract Dublin funds under deal

    Financial services companies based in Dublin will be allowed to relocate some of their functions north of the border to...

  31. April 10, 2008

    New Irish leader rejects 'patronising' reform cry

    Brian Cowen, Ireland's prime minister designate, yesterday dismissed "patronising" calls for reform of the ruling Fianna...

  32. April 9, 2008

    Irish leader rejects ‘patronising’ call for reform

    Brian Cowen, Ireland’s prime minister designate, hit back on Wednesday at those demanding that the ruling Fianna Fail party...

  33. April 8, 2008

    Cowen must revive the Celtic tiger

    For more than a decade, the Celtic tiger was the envy of the rest of Europe. Today it seems to be flagging. Is it just...

  34. April 4, 2008

    Ahern leaves as economic woes begin

    As one Irish commentator put it, the sudden resignation of Bertie Ahern, the popular Irish prime minister, was a shock, but...

  35. April 4, 2008

    Bye bye Bertie

    Gideon Rachman's blog: Bertie Ahern, who has just resigned as Irish prime minister, is a Dubliner with the common touch....

  36. April 3, 2008

    Streetwise statesman undone by grubby cash

    Bertie Ahern was the most successful Irish prime minister of modern times, presiding over Europe's best-performing economy...

  37. April 3, 2008

    Tiger economy faces slowdown

    Bertie Ahern's resignation comes as the Irish economy hits rocky times. Falling house prices and the effect on an...

  38. April 3, 2008

    Housing slowdown threatens 'Celtic tiger' economy

    Bertie Ahern's resignation comes at the Irish economy hits rocky times. Falling house prices and the effect on an...

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