Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. The restriction on past pupils forms part of the Admission to Schools Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Schools will be able to reserve a maximum of 10 per cent of places for children of past-pupils under a plan for reforming admissions procedures to (...)

 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court  Mrs Susan Denham in court: she wrote ‘a number of members of the court have fallen ill . . .  and I believe that the cold temperatures have been a factor in this.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

The Chief Justice warned she would have to cancel court sittings earlier this year because it was so cold in the Supreme Court as a result of a faulty(...)

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(...)

At the launch announcement for this year’s European Insurance Forum were Sarah Goddard of Dublin International Insurance & Management Association, Ann O’Keeffe of  Aon Risk Solutions, Minister of State Simon Harris, Regina O’Connor of XL Group and John O’Leary of PwC.

The growing global challenges facing the reinsurance industry (reducing risks associated with policies by spreading risks across alternative instituti(...)

Revellers at the St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday in Munich. Photograph: Ferdinand zur Lippe 2:08

Munich was green and glorious on Sunday afternoon for the 20th annual St Patrick’s Day parade, the largest in continental Europe. The Bavarian capital(...)

None too delighted: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Shortly before noon on Wednesday, the Department of Finance issued a routine press release from international banking minister Simon Harris. Nothing r(...)

Micheál Martin: suggested the Government give serious consideration to establishing a commission of inquiry into the allegations aired on ‘Spotlight’.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was a man on a mission.He doesn’t usually do Opposition Leaders’ Questions on a Thursday. But he was present yesterd(...)

Create 10,000 new jobs, abolish the sometimes-controversial Clearing House Group, and come up with a new name for the “IFSC” are some of the measur(...)

A major change signalled in the IFS 2020 report on the IFSC is the abolition of the Clearing House Group and its replacement with two separate bodies – one representing the private sector and the other the public – which will come together four times a year.

A new name is imminent, a new strategy has just been launched and a new model for public private partnership has been put forward. But will it be e(...)

The IFSC, Dublin: “The suggestion is that our regulation is a lot tighter, and that is true for the banks but it is not true for the IFSC,” says Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fresh from putting the squeeze on banks to behave themselves, regulators are scrutinising so-called shadow banks, alternative lenders such as investme(...)