Chairman of the Fiscal Council Prof John McHale: told the Oireachtas committee that if forecasts for economic growth turned out to be accurate, then “everything was looking good”, but that it depended on growth. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulation may be needed to protect variable mortgages holders from being targeted by the banks for additional profits, the chairman of the Fiscal (...)

The real business will be conducted in private today when the party plans for its first major test under Micheál Martin’s leadership - the local and European elections next year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A political party that has been cast into opposition is like a star international outhalf who has been dumped by a new manager. All the attention tran(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath (left) and Dara Calleary (right) speaking at his party’s meeting in Waterford today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad remains “all to play for” despite the Yes side enjoying a sig(...)