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

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has reiterated his view that there was nothing unusual about his meeting with former Rehab chief executi(...)

Nama chaiman Frank Daly. A new review has said the agency is meeting its strategic objectives

The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has confirmed it is to become more involved in the Dublin property market as part of a plan to boost ho(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaks to the media after an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Yves Logghe

British prime minister David Cameron is making a big play for concessions from Europe ahead of a referendum on British EU membership after he failed (...)

Brian  Crowley said  “the ECR group is a non-federalist, pro-EU group who believes in giving a much stronger say to national governments rather than to EU institutions”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil has disputed claims by its only MEP, Brian Crowley, that he joined a Eurosceptic grouping in the European Parliament partly to protect th(...)

Labour leadership contender Alex White has called into question the target by the Coalition to achieve a 3 per cent budget deficit next year.

Labour leadership contender Alex White has called into question the target by the Coalition to achieve a 3 per cent budget deficit next year.Mr White,(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore, who yesterday welcomed Petro Poroshenko’s election. Photograph: Dave Meehan

EU leaders went no further than declaring their readiness to step up sanctions against Russia as they took stock of the escalating turmoil in Ukrain(...)

Left to right:  Edward Gill from Tipperary and Killian O’Donnell from Clare speak to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Brian Hayes canvassing commuters for at the Luas Terminal on St Stephens Green in Dublin recently. Photograph: Collins

A preliminary reading of data from the three European constituencies confirms Sinn Féin’s forceful advance and Labour’s collapse. But that’s only part(...)

 Dr James Reilly’s assertion on Monday and reiteration yesterday that the budget requirement for €108 million in pay savings this year was not achievable is seen at high levels within Fine Gael and Labour to have further undermined his authority. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Health James Reilly is facing fresh questions within the Government over his command of the portfolio after declaring he will not realise(...)

Outgoing secretary general at the Department of Finance John Moran: his resignation comes only two years into a seven-year mandate: Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Outgoing Department of Finance secretary general John Moran said there was “nothing sinister” in his unexpected resignation as he told the Dáil Com(...)

Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection: “I think the real imperative will be to actually get value for money and reforms in relation to the Department of Health.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said there should be no further cuts to the welfare or education budgets and argued that the Government(...)