Party figures have cast doubt over recent opinion polls that show Sinn Féin hovering around the mid-20s and claim their own internal polls put the party around 20 per cent. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is planning on having an election candidate selected in every constituency by next month and is considering running two candidates in a numb(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Bill would provide for borrowers to “retain protections after their loans are sold” to unregulated financial services providers, which are not bound by the Central Bank codes.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Legislation to protect consumers whose loans are sold to unregulated service providers including “vulture funds” has been introduced in the Dáil.Mini(...)

Pensions Ombudsman Paul Kenny says  in “most cases”, the effect of the reduction in payment would “last for the lifetime of the pensioner”. Photograph: Johnny Bambury/MQ Photo

The Pensions Ombudsman has told the Oireachtas finance committee that the Government’s imposition of a 0.6 per cent levy on private sector pension s(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit Alliance:  described Syriza’s win as “a victory for all the victims of austerity in Europe”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish opposition parties and trade unions welcomed Syriza’s win in the Greek election. Speaking from Athens, the Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murp(...)

In politics, predictions made when there is no short-term prospect of a change of leader can become moot by the time that change occurs. In the(...)

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Finance Pearse Doherty

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Finance Pearse Doherty has likened his party to Syriza in Greece saying that opponents such as Fine Gael have tried “unleas(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said a debt conference ‘has merit’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said the idea of a European debt conference, to look at reducing our debt burden, following the Greek general election “has m(...)

 Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty said this was an unacceptable way for such an important and profitable industry to be regulated. Photograph: Alan Betson / Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to establish a special working group to examine the costs to the State of financial regulation.This comes in th(...)

Former director general of the Canadian department of finance Rob Wright told the banking inquiry he produced report on the Department of Finance which noted risks caused by government policy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Had advice from the Department of Finance on controlling overheating in the economy “been embraced”, it could have “helped facilitate the chance of a (...)

Finnish academic and finance expert Peter Nyberg, arriving at the opening of the banking inquiry  at Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty expects the public will be frustrated by what they see, while Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath believes there will be no “eart(...)