Brian Hayes: “We need lots of contrarian people, with lots of contrarian views, questioning everything we do, because that didn’t happen in the madness years.” Photograph: The Irish Times

More contrarian people “questioning everything we do” are required to criticise our policymaking decisions, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told the MacGill(...)

Russborough House: minutes of a meeting between then minister for arts Jimmy Deenihan and members of the Alfred Beit Foundation in 2013 say the trust had looked at the “nuclear option” of closing  Russborough House

The trustees who run Russborough House have told the Government that the sale of “high art items” was not under consideration in 2013, according to (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe speaking to reporters on the Ryanair decision to accept IAG’s offer, yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Aer Lingus is on course to join British Airways as part of IAG in the autumn, after speculation surfaced that the European Commission will rubber stam(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the EU directive is not a “panacea” and that patients will have to pay upfront, and find someone abroad to accept their doctor’s referral. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The HSE is to allocate €1 million this year to pay for treatment carried out abroad under new EU rules. Under the cross-border healthcare directive, (...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

The  restored West Wing at Russborough House, in Blessington, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former minister for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes has insisted he was not told by the trustees who run Russborough House that they would have(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin. A Fianna Fáil spokesman said all of its fundraising for 2014 came under the €1,500 limit, above which donations must be publicly declared.

Fianna Fáil was the only major political party not to receive a donation last year above the €1,500 threshold which requires such contributions to be (...)

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:23

The trust that runs Russborough House has said it approached the Government twice in 2013 seeking support and highlighting the need to sell some Beit (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

Alain Lamassoure, chairman of the EU committee on taxation: ‘candid and frank’ exchange of views with Michael Noonan. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Tax credits for spending on research and development, and Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporation tax rate, were among the “red line issues” for Irelan(...)