Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Contingency plans by economic council in 2011 included increased security at banks

Alan Kelly: “There are a certain amount of people who believe in not making a contribution to society but allow for taxpayers to fund this indulgence.”

Labour deputy leader says there needs to be conversation “about work and the value of making a contribution to society”

The union Siptu will seek assurances on the future of 1,500 Aer Lingus jobs before deciding whether or not to back the bid. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Incoming Aer Lingus chief wants airline to be allowed manage sale of Ryanair 29.8% stake

Ray Butler, a deputy for Meath West, said he and his family were intimidated by the incident which took place, at his home and constituency office in Trim, Co Meath.

Joan Burton calls on demonstrators to respect Labour’s right to hold conference

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Pascal Donohue with John O’Mahony TD speaking at the Dáil on the Government’s position on IAG’s proposal to make an offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Both Government and Opposition believe sale is possible if last few hurdles are cleared

 Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. A Government demand that IAG guarantee the Aer Lingus slots at Heathrow Airport for a decade is emerging as the main barrier to any deal on the issue.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government demand on slots emerging as main issue in proposed sale of airline stake

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe’s stated today that the commitments in IAG’s bid for Aer Lingus do not go far enough, but that the Government was open to considering revised proposals. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister says Government ‘remains open’ to considering revised proposal

A significant number of ministers have contacted by The Irish Times said selling to Willie Walsh led IAG would make commercial sense. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Many in the party have objected to selling the 25 per cent stake to IAG

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