Taoiseach Enda Kenny clashed with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore on Wednesday. Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach convenes special meeting of Fine Gael Ministers for ‘pep talk’

Labour TD for Cork South Central Ciarán Lynch is widely held to be the favourite to take charge of the Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crash.

Formal request by Government to Oireachtas for inquiry mandate expected after Easter

The Easter break will provide something of a reprieve for the Government before campaigning begins in earnest for the local and European elections in five weeks. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Labour is very vulnerable in the local elections, writes Arthur Beesley, Political News Editor

Referendum risk to the North: Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Government’s risk assessment also warns a British exit from the EU could impact relations between Ireland and Britain

The annual standing charge for water will be €50 per house, or less, with the average yearly bill expected to come in below €300, The Irish Times has learned After years of austerity, water charges are the last big ticket item of painful adjustment

Cabinet fails to agree on deal as householders to face annual bill of €240

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: endorsed demand for €2 billion budget adjustment.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Tax rises and cuts on department’s agenda despite ERSI’s positive forecast

Made to measure: a semi-decent outfit conveys a chap serenely into the day. Photograph: E+/Getty

If you don’t have to go broke to go bespoke, it’s also true that you don’t have to go bespoke to go smart

Rehab board member  Brian Kerr. Photograph: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

The Rehab chairman insisted the board was not oblivious to the controversy

 Rehab chairman Brian Kerr on  Kildare Street, Dublin, yesterday before addressing the Public Accounts Committee. Picture Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

Committee hears former director of Rehab was paid fees of more than €409,000 from 2007 to 2013

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