A draft of the proposal seen by the Irish Times shows that a key plank of the Commission’s capital markets union is the creation of a single securitisation market

SMEs and the Irish financial services industry are expected to benefit from a new EU proposal designed to wean businesses off traditional bank financi(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. He will be questioned at a hearing in Brussels. Photograph: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

Lobbyists representing internet company Facebook could be banned from entering the European Parliament following a request by the parliament’s special(...)

Brian Hayes MEP

Reforms suggested by Irish MEP Brian Hayes to address the pensions time bomb in the EU will be examined in the European Parliament tomorrow. Last ye(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has agreed to address MEPs on the Irish bailout in November, as part of a compromise agreed between the E(...)

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 (...)