Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: published draft laws to expand the powers of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. Photograph: Alan Betson

Draft law gives extra powers to ombudsman but FF questions ‘ministerial veto’

Noel Smyth,  of  Fitzwilliam Real Estate Capital, argued  that as many as 25,000 housing units could be developed within three years. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Noel Smyth urges Minister for Environment to take steps to boost construction

Prof John McHale, chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council, last night said the Government needs to stick to an adjustment of €2 billion in the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government plans to ease tax burden on low- and middle-income families

Angela Kerins: has accused the committee and its members of being motivated by “political and public relations objectives and personal vendetta”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Affidavit says clerk told charity chief he resisted attempts to call in Rehab

PAC chairman John McGuinness said it was ‘not uncommon for officials and the chairman to meet with witnesses and for the chairman to explain the context and the procedures’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Chairman says Public Accounts Committee will robustly defend action taken by ex- Rehab chief

The judgment was quietly registered by Danske last Tuesday, the day John Perry  lost his job as minister of state for small business

Court judgment registered for the repayment of a €2.47m debt

File photograph of former Rehab chief Angela Kerins who has filed a High Court action for compensation arising from a PAC investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kerins claims committee members engaged in a ‘witch-hunt’

Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat listens to Britain’s prime minister David Cameron as Taoiseach Enda Kenny walks past during the European Union summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

End of Brussels talks a potential blow to effort to secure agriculture commissioner post

Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the presumed favourite to be the next European Council president. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

There are an array of potential candidates to fill two of the most senior posts in the union

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