Clare Daly: A Bill moved by the Independent socialist TD for Dublin North last December providing for a referendum on abortion was defeated by 110 votes to 13. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Bill providing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality will be debated in the Dáil on Friday. The proposal, sponsored by Independen(...)

Rory McIlroy leaves the Four Courts in Dublin on Tuesday night after meetings between his side and Horizon Sports Management. Photograph: Courts Collins

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy left the High Court on Tuesday night after several meetings between his side and Horizon Sports Management. The g(...)

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. The Vintners Feder(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has informed the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry  that former ECB president Jean Claude Trichet is willing to examine a number of options that could allow him to provide the committee with information it is seeking from the bank in relation to development around the time of  the State’s financial collapse.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Oireachtas banking inquiry may yet have an opportunity to hear the views of the European Central Bank on the State’s financial crisis. Taoiseach E(...)

Prof Philip Lane of Trinity College Dublin arrving at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Budget surpluses recorded during the boom years should have been put away for a rainy day rather than used to fund tax cuts and ramped-up spending, th(...)

File photo: President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi (left) with Klaus Regling. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Policies implemented by the Irish authorities and banks during the boom years “added fuel to the fire” of the State’s economic collapse rather than po(...)

Patrick Honohan, governor of the Central Bank, arriving at the Dáil for the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regulators should have taken a less deferential approach to the banking industry, the governor of the Central Bank has said.In his opening statement t(...)

Labour’s Ciaran Lynch is chairman of the banking inquiry. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

  Rescuing the banks could ultimately cost Irish taxpayers €40 billion, the governor of the Central Bank has said. Speaking at the Oir(...)

Anglo Irish Bank should have been allowed to fail in September 2008, Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has told the Oireachtas banking inquiry.Pr(...)

Patrick Honohan speaking before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry

Anglo Irish Bank should have been allowed to fail in September 2008, Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has said. Speaking at the Oireachtas Bankin(...)