Michael McGrath: said the banks were “gouging” Irish mortgage holders who paid more than 4% in interest compared to a 2.3% average in the rest of the euro zone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 300,000 mortgage holders are being “exploited and ripped off under the watch of the Government and the Central Bank”, Fianna Fáil has claim(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s position will not be under threat if the party fails to win the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny, finance spokesman Michael McGrath has insisted.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s position will not be under threat if the party fails to win the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny, finance sp(...)

Ruth Coppinger: she asked would the Tánaiste deal “with the growing problem of the feminisation of poverty”

The ladies have come a long way. Take Joan Burton. You wouldn’t think it to look at her but she’s vicious. The type of character you’d be wary of meet(...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure and reform spokesman Sean Fleming has said the Government should ensure “people do not receive water bills from an entity whose right to exist is not yet determined”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A call has been made for the Government to defer the issuing of water charge bills until there is an EU ruling to accept Irish Water as an independent(...)

Fears that the National Lottery is setting out to create “online Lotto junkies” have been expressed by Fine Gael Seanad whip Paul Coghlan

Fears that the National Lottery is setting out to create “online Lotto junkies” have been expressed by Fine Gael Seanad whip Paul Coghlan. He said tha(...)

Lotto machine: politicians are poised to ask PLI officials about the functioning of new ticket terminals supplied by Greek gaming giant Intralot.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new private operator of the National Lottery has been called to appear before the Oireachtas finance committee following the recent systems crash(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendab Howlin said unions and workers should have “realistic” expectations when it comes to the restoration of pay.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said he wants a “phased and structured” approach to the reversal of emergency financial measures an(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said it would be “interesting to see how this legislation rolls out in practice”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to regulate lobbyists has been passed in the Dáil and now goes to the Seanad. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin sa(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Lump sums of €100,000 or more are being paid to 263 Civil Service retirees this year.Figures provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Refo(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “We know it was an unacceptable farce; Irish Water was doomed to fail before even one meter was installed.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has accused the Government of failing to understand the impact of austerity on people when introducing water charge(...)