Before the Government unveiled which of its businesses it intended selling, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte dismissed talk of a fire sale, saying “there will be no State assets going up on eBay”.

At about 9am on Wednesday, Bord Gáis Éireann’s adviser, Royal Bank of Canada, called the three remaining bidders for the group’s retail division and t(...)

Secretary general of the group of unions Brendan Ogle dismissed claims that taxpayers’ money would be used to shore up the ESB pension plan. “As far as we are concerned, the liability for the scheme lies fairly and squarely with the ESB,” he said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The ESB, its unions, pension trustees and the Government will meet next week to defuse the row over the €1.7 billion hole in its workers’ retirement f(...)

ESB power station at Shannonbridge, Co Offaly.

State-owned ESB is set to sell two of its Irish power plants as part of an overall programme of dispersals aimed at raising a €400 million special div(...)