Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: changes ‘more than merely cosmetic’. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Government had introduced more reform in the past three years in appointment procedures for State boards than was achieved in the past 90 years, (...)

The Leo Burdock fish and chip shop in Christchurch, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Fish and chip shop chain Leo Burdock has raised €50,000 in funding through the Irish peer-to-peer lending service LinkedFinance, the most successful l(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “Some comments made previously earlier on in the week by a colleague of mine were unnecessary and probably silly, to be frank - you know, lecturing people as regards the consequences of what happens if they don’t pass this legislation.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government had a comfortable Seanad majority of 31 to 26 in the first vote on the Water Services Bill, with the support of four Independents.Senat(...)

Maura, Fiona and Sean McHugh from Dublin on Henry Street last Friday. Prices are at their lowest since 2002. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish shops are bracing themselves for their best Christmas since the nadir of the economic collapse, with a new report suggesting consumers are set (...)

Feargal Quinn: called for action on the “crisis’’ in the private pension sector.

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn has called for action on the “crisis’’ in the private pension sector.“The industry feels threatened and believes it (...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: Irish Water “should trust people to say how many residents are in their home”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn will introduce legislation in the Seanad next month to stop Irish Water demanding householders’ personal public ser(...)

Former MEP Paul Murphy of the Anti-Austerity Alliance canvassing in Tallaght yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The water pressure is very strong in Tallaght at the moment. But it has nothing to do with the pipes. There are allegations of lies on the doorsteps a(...)

Webvan’s founder Louis Borders:  experienced entrepreneur

In 1999, the start-up Webvan launched in the US with the intention of becoming the grocery service for online shoppers. It climbed to a multibillio(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  presents the 2014 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Award to Eoin Casey and Wayne Byrne of Oxymem while pictured are (left) Thomas Hunter McGowan of InterTradeIreland and Liam Kavanagh (right) of The Irish Times. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish technology companies OxyMem and Nualight have been shortlisted for the UK Energy Awards, which aim to highlight the achievements of companies t(...)