PAC chairman John McGuinness said it was ‘not uncommon for officials and the chairman to meet with witnesses and for the chairman to explain the context and the procedures’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has reiterated his view that there was nothing unusual about his meeting with former Rehab chief executi(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: interview showed her rewriting the past

The Dáil adjourned for the summer recess with a publicity stunt from Sinn Féin which served as a reminder to all the other parties of just what a ruth(...)

Fine Gael TD John Deasy, who accused two other TDs of being ‘bullsh***rs’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The legal adviser to the Dáil and Seanad accused members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of undermining her independence and was very upset at(...)

Port city: Reginald’s Tower, by the Suir. Photograph: Patrick Browne

At times the M9 might be your own private road. Take the left turn off the thrumming M7 at the sign for Waterford and Kilkenny and the contrast is alm(...)

The Irish Ambassador to the US confirmed in a letter to Fine Gael TD John Deasy (above) that, following his request, the Embassy in Washington got in contact with the New York office of  senator Charles Schumer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Embassy in Washington DC has contacted a US senator to raise concerns over his call for more than 1,100 at-risk jobs at a pharmaceutical gia(...)

Almost 2,500 local jobs have been cut at IDA Ireland-backed companies since 2008, according to Independent TD for Waterford John Halligan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

No city or town has been spared the trauma of large-scale job losses in the last few years but, with the highest unemployment rate of any urban centr(...)

Some 90 per cent of the €6.8 billion in State money could end up being invested exclusively in Dublin, says Waterford TD  John Deasy. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Fine Gael backbencher John Deasy has accused the Government of ignoring regional development.He said the distribution of investment across the State (...)

Rehab board member  Brian Kerr. Photograph: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

With Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins nowhere to be seen yesterday, five of their former Rehab colleagues had an abject time of it in Leinster (...)

Waterford Fine Gael TD John Deasy: “Efforts to balance investment throughout the country have failed. We now have a two-tier recovery.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government’s key stimulus plan is facing criticism from Fine Gael TDs for not allocating exact levels of (...)

 TDs took legal advice on the allegations, which Public Accounts Committee committee chairman John McGuinness said “could potentially involve criminal wrongdoing”.

Rehab says it will do “everything in its power” to ensure allegations made by a developer against people involved with the charity are dealt wi(...)