Sources said if the first €27,000 of income was exempted from the public-service pension levy, it would generate a boost in earnings for staff of about €800 per year. Photograph: Getty Images.

Unions are to seek a flat-rate pay increase for staff in the public service through changing the way the pension levy is applied. Sources said (...)

Ciarán Lynch (left) and Pearse Doherty asking questions of Jean-Claude Trichet, former ECB president, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, has rejected a claim the bank blackmailed Ireland into entering the Troika (...)

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy and councillor Kate O’Connell will contest the four-seat Dublin Bay South constituency for the party in the next general election.

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy and councillor Kate O’Connell have been selected by the party to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency in the next gene(...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Geraldine Kennedy arriving at Government Buildings  for a hearing of the banking inquiry. Photograph: Bryan Meade 2:26

Six current and former executives from The Irish Times, Independent News & Media and RTÉ went before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry yesterday. The(...)

Reforming the Dáil is a bit like draining the Shannon: improvements in one area do not necessarily translate into a better overall performance. The Ex(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan (centre) photographed with Taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) and  and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan (left) at the conference The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The parliamentary whip system is too rigid and should be relaxed, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said. Mr Flanagan suggested TDs sh(...)

Eoghan Murphy TD: carried out a survey of Fine Gael TDs, both backbenchers and Ministers, on various possible changes to how the Dáil chamber is run.     Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A survey of Fine Gael TDs, carried out as part of research on Dáil reform commissioned by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, has found that three out of every four(...)

In spite of repeated attempts, Rob Wright declined to offer a view on whether it was acceptable for the European Central Bank to decline a request to attend the inquiry.

Day two of the banking inquiry. This time its was the turn of Canadian Rob Wright to face nearly four hours of questioning from the committee about a (...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

Mick Wallace: Independent asked why Irish Water would not be responsible for dealing with pollution, flooding or storm water. Photograph: Alan Betson

When is the Tánaiste not the Tánaiste?When she’s in the Dáil answering questions to do with her Cabinet portfolio but speaking in a personal capacity.(...)