Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at his press conference in Government Buildings this evening. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government has widened the inquiry into the Irish Bank Resolution Corporationto investigate whether preferential interest rate deals were given so(...)

Minister for Social Protection   Joan Burton: engaged the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion to provide advice on the best commercial model to contract out employment services. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government is set to allow the private sector to become involved in running programmes to find work for the long-term unemployed.Minister for Soci(...)