Ciaran Lynch, the former Cork South Central TD  welcomed  Joan Burton’s statement on Tuesday evening when she ruled out Labour entering any minority coalition arrangement with Fine Gael. He believed it was not what Labour Party members wanted.  Photograph: Collins

Labour should not wait until a new government has been formed before addressing its own leadership issue, according to former Labour TD, Ciaran Lynch(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton at a meeting in Dublin attended by general election candidates and former TDs. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said she will act in the best interests of the party after hearing calls for her immediate resignation at a meeti(...)

There is not a chance the Government will fulfil Philip Lane’s  “hope” that the next government “takes seriously” the need to balance public spending with the need for a “safe level of public debt”.   Picture Jason Clarke.

At the end of the riveting film The Big Short, now showing in Ireland and based on Michael Lewis’s book that charted the spectacular fraud and avarice(...)

Members of the  Save Roscommon campaign.

On a map, the 30 sq km of Roscommon that is being proposed as an addition to Westmeath looks like a square wedge marked off by one of those colonial l(...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch (centre) with committee members on the publication of the final report at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

It started with a minority report, featuring Socialist TD Joe Higgins rather than Hollywood heart-throb Tom Cruise. And it concluded in the audio-vi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Eric Luke

It’s vicious in Cork South-Central, where five high-profile sitting TDs are battling for one of four seats in this redrawn constituency. There’ll be b(...)

The Banking Inquiry report recommends that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) should prepare general guidelines for inquiry committees on avoiding prejudice to criminal trials and investigations

The recommendations of the Oireachtas banking inquiry address issues such as the timescale for future inquiries, ways to avoid prejudicing criminal tr(...)

There are question marks over how the Houses of the Oireachtas Service has handled the allegations about the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson Banking inquiry: The most useful recommendations from the committee might actually relate to how in future such inquiries should operate.

On September 10th last, the final day of public hearings at the Oireachtas banking inquiry began with a statement by its chairman, Ciarán Lynch. He (...)

Euro zone finance ministers are due to be briefed by Michael Noonan on the fourth post-programme surveillance mission to Dublin

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he believes the banking inquiry “is progressing well” and the final report will be a “pretty good piece o(...)

Late on Sunday night there were still three chapters causing “significant concerns”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The majority of Oireachtas banking inquiry members have agreed the final draft report, despite many admitting they are not happy with it. The committ(...)