Economist Colm McCarthy: is among the members of the expert group that presented an initial report suggesting a framework for a 14-month investigation into the €64 billion bailout.

The banking inquiry’s advisory group has recommended the investigation should look back over the past 20 years to discover the origins of Ireland’s e(...)

The Advisory Group will assist the Oireachtas committee in its proposal for the banking inquiry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

UCD economist Colm McCarthy, comptroller and auditor general Seamus McCarthy, and US economist Megan Greene are three of the nine members of the ad-ho(...)

Economist Colm McCarthy. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Economist Colm McCarthy is among the members of the Banking Inquiry’s advisory group.The group’s members are to provide expert knowledge to the politi(...)

Economist Colm McCarthy: “The message from this kind of a scheme would be to stop people panicking, save up for your deposit, until there is a sufficient housing supply in a few years’ time.”    Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The State’s advisory body on housing is exploring the idea of a savings incentive scheme to encourage house-hunters to defer buying homes and help to(...)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte: panel was last February due to public concern. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An independent expert panel is to draw up alternative routes to those proposed by EirGrid for controversial pylon projects. The panel was appointed by(...)

The Government’s spin is that the Irish acute healthcare system is “challenged”. The consensus across the medical and nursing professions is it is un(...)

“The North-South transmission line is a critical and strategically urgent transmission reinforcement and is of critical importance in the broader North-South context,’’ Mr Rabbitte added.

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte was clearly not in the best of humour after having had the political carpet pulled from under him this week by Taoise(...)

Experts said the North-South plan  would cost €810 million if the cables were put underground, compared with €140 million over ground, Mr Rabbitte said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has rejected Opposition criticism of the Government’s decision to exclude the proposed North-South electricity connec(...)

The expert panel will have the power to decide terms of reference and commission its own experts if EirGrid’s proposals are deficient. Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

EirGrid’s plans to criss-cross rural Ireland with new overhead power lines provoked such widespread public opposition that Minister for Energy Pat Rab(...)

Before the Government unveiled which of its businesses it intended selling, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte dismissed talk of a fire sale, saying “there will be no State assets going up on eBay”.

At about 9am on Wednesday, Bord Gáis Éireann’s adviser, Royal Bank of Canada, called the three remaining bidders for the group’s retail division and t(...)