The 82-page document submitted by the whistleblower claims preferential treatment was given to the Central Bank. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A senior counsel has been appointed to investigate allegations of wrongdoing at the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Senan Allen has been asked by the cler(...)

Ciarán Lynch, the chairman of the banking inquiry

The banking inquiry held a heated meeting on Tuesday night over allegations of wrongdoing at the committee. Clerk of the Dáil Peter Finnegan met wit(...)

Voters will be asked to vote on on the questions of marriage equality and the age of eligibility for contesting presidential elections on May 22nd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Constitutional status of marriage will remain unchanged if the same-sex marriage amendment is passed, the Referendum Commission has said. Launchin(...)

Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

The new sensors to be fitted on public bins in the London borough of Milton Keynes “look very much like a cat’s eye or a hockey puck”

Over the next two months thousands of sensors will be placed on local parking spaces and under the lids of public bins in the London borough of Milton(...)

Ciarán Lynch (Labour): the chairman of the 
Oireachtas
Oireachtas finance committee, is the clear favourite to chair the banking inquiry

As many as 50 support staff will be engaged for the upcoming Oireachtas banking inquiry, it has emerged. The budget for the investigation will roug(...)

Mr Justice Peter Smithwick: the tribunal was set up in May 2005 and investigated privately for five years before holding public sittings in 2011

Preparations were under way last night to publish the final report of the Smithwick Tribunal today. The inquiry was set up more than eight years ago (...)

Judge Peter Smithwick: chairman and sole member of the tribunal

The final report of the Smithwick Tribunal into allegations of collusion in 1989 between gardaí and the IRA killers of two RUC officers is likely to b(...)

High-profile witnesses at the Smithwick Tribunal have included former Garda commissioner Noel Conroy, above. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A long-awaited report into allegations of Garda collusion in the IRA murder of two senior RUC men will be be handed over to the Government today.The (...)