Aer Lingus has been sold to IAG – the owner of British Airways and Spanish flag carrier Iberia – and it has exercised its right to buy out any remaining shareholders. Photograph:  Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

My father has Aer Lingus shares having worked there for 25+ years. He retired in the early 1990s. He has chosen not to accept any offer so far. His b(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is due for a pension rise under the Public Interest Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any argument for restoring up to €1,700 to the pension of former taoiseach Brian Cowen is “truly demented”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House in this file photograph.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has condemned as “disgraceful” the restoration of pensions to former taoisigh and ministers. She said up to (...)

Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank, warned Ireland would not be able to access a bailout if it imposed cuts on senior bank creditors. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

IMF good, ECB bad. That was how the final day of public hearings at the Oireachtas banking inquiry might be best summed up. It started with Ajai Chopr(...)

“What’s wrong with taxing inherited wealth? It’s about the most progressive and least economically damaging kind of taxation there is.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is sick of hearing about “hard choices” from people with great salaries, ample expenses and luxurious pensions. So l(...)

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy: medal for bravery awarded for exceptional courage and resolve in the face of debilitating bubble-blindness. Photograph: AP Photo/ Thierry Charlier

'Dragon's Den' Enterprise Award Start-ups are springing up all over Leinster House as the SME sector experiences significant uplift on the poli(...)

Pat Rabbitte: “I share the puzzlement as to why we get 19 per cent of the vote and 90 per cent of the blame. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish TImes

When elaborating this week on his decision not to contest the next general election for the Labour Party, Pat Rabbitte referred to a problem that has (...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s €134,000 a year pension will increase by €2,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A group of Fine Gael TDs have raised concerns about increases in ministerial pensions which will be given to former office holders such as ex -taois(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interesting remarks by Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen this week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry about that infamous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway(...)

The ability of former ministers for finance to deny personal responsibility for the consequences of decisions taken, or avoided, in government cont(...)