Brian Hayes: had suggested to Marco Buti that the ECB could use its asset-backed securities programme as a vehicle to take tracker loans from the Irish banks onto its books

Squeezing mortgage interest rates through “political pressure” could undermine the progress made by Ireland towards “healing the domestic financial sy(...)

Brian Hayes:  “If we are looking at 3 per cent growth per year, that’s 15 per cent over a five-year term.” It’s actually more like 16 per cent, when you compound the growth rate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Brian Hayes, the Fine Gael MEP and former junior finance minister, would probably ace the Leaving Certificate honours maths paper. But everyone slips(...)

Brian Hayes: “campaigns have their own dynamic”, with significant shifts taking place in the final week to 10 days

An election statement of common aims between Fine Gael and Labour on issues such as tax and health would only need to be unveiled a month from polling(...)

Brian Hayes MEP:  ‘This is a very pro-business idea. It will allow people with good ideas to start a business within a couple of hours.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

European Parliament proposals could cut the cost of setting up a company to €1 and allow people to complete the process in just hours instead of days.(...)

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(...)