Shire acting chief financial officer Jeff Poulton said the company had obtained advice that the break fee should not be taxable in Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Drug giant Shire is facing a potential tax bill of up to €480 million as Irish Revenue officials examine the fallout from a collapsed takeover of the (...)

Leona the loggerhead turtle. She has been transmitting her position via her GPS tag since her release on Gran Canaria last Thursday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 1:20

The 15-year-old storm-tossed turtle that was flown from Ireland to warmer waters last week is currently swimming east. While there was some apprehensi(...)

Liam Twomey: “It would be extremely bad manners for the ECB to refuse to attend the inquiry.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has a duty to ensure the institution appears at the Oireachtas banking inquiry, according to a seni(...)

PTSB deals are considered for customers who have no realistic prospect of repaying their mortgage. Photograph: Alan Betson/The irish Times

Finance Correspondent Permanent TSB is working with 500 mortgage arrears customers on “assisted” sales of their properties with a view to writing off(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Cabinet reshuffle 4:45

The Cabinet reshuffle early next month will mean six senior Ministers being replaced by Ministers of State and Government backbenchers, according to (...)

The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Bill was originally drafted and presented by Wexford TD Dr Liam Twomey in 2010, when he was in the Seanad.

The Government has published draft legislation for a Bill to allow terminally ill people to make “living wills” setting out treatments they wish, and (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter; brought forward legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Long-delayed draft legislation to reform the legal profession is due to be formally brought before the Cabinet today barring any last-minute difficult(...)

Most lobby groups will be happy to hold on to what they have next year in the hope things might start to get better in 2015

The time for lobbying is over. The final budget decisions have been taken. Interest groups will now have to wait and see if the measures announced by (...)

Richard Bruton, director of Fine Gael’s campaign seeking a Yes vote in next month’s referendum on the abolition of the Seanad, during a press conference at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Seanad Éireann has been branded a “watchdog that barks only once every 50 years” by the director of Fine Gael’s campaign seeking a Yes vote in next mo(...)