Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell: will confirm her intention not to contest the forthcoming party selection convention for the Dublin-Rathdown constituency today. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael veteran Olivia Mitchell is to announce her retirement from politics today. Ms Mitchell will confirm her intention not to contest the forthc(...)

Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan, Dublin, operated for 47 years before structural defects forced its closure in December 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Large numbers of schoolchildren in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, have been let down by the closure of Glenalbyn swimming pool and no longer swim, local TD S(...)

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council officials produced a report questioning the economic merit of reopening a pool at the Glenalbyn location, causing anger among locals. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A public meeting to protest at the ongoing closure of Glenalbyn swimming pool in south County Dublin is to be held in Stillorgan, on Monday night. Dú(...)

Gerry Ryan wrote to the PAC  alleging the Ansbacher accounts were used by prominent figures to evade tax in the 1990s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Public Accounts Committee cannot examine evidence from whistleblower Gerry Ryan. Members met today to view the correspondence from Mr Ryan but le(...)

 Shane Ross: “I’m not suggesting that whoever is appointed eventually is flawed”, but “everybody in this House knows that those who are going to sit in judgment in such tribunals are political appointees”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The practice of appointing judges to head commissions of inquiry was questioned in the Dáil on Wednesday. Independent TD Shane Ross asked: “Is (...)

Independent TD Shane Ross: ‘One could have a headquarters with two men and a dog and we can be sure that is what we will have eventually.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD Shane Ross described the retention of the Aer Lingus headquarters in Dublin as “a meaningless, token gesture”. “One could have a(...)

Simon Harris, Minister of State for Finance: he said to vote against the proposed resolution in directors’ remuneration would have been a significant and serious matter and could be perceived as interfering in a commercial entity, damaging Ireland and bank investments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland directors’ pay cost a total of €2.76 million last year, Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris told the Dáil.He said the figure wa(...)

Bank of Ireland accounted for just 6 per cent of the court repossession proceedings issued last year, according to the bank’s governor, Archie Kane, (...)

Chairman Richard Pym at the AIB annual general meeting at Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

AIB did its best to portray a softer image at its agm in Ballsbridge yesterday. Gone was the politburo-style platform, with board members looking down(...)