Tánaiste Joan Burton addresses the Labour Party conference: overall, her muted message suited the bland and unthreatening conference slogan: “Standing up for Ireland’s future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Five years ago, members of the Labour Party voted overwhelmingly to go into coalition with Fine Gael. They searched their souls, looked into their h(...)

Television presenter and travel journalist Manchán Magan who will contest the general election for the Green Party.

The television presenter and travel journalist Manchán Magan will contest the general election for the Green Party in the Longford-Westmeath constitu(...)

Independent candidate Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran: “I’m sick of watching people suffer since 2009 and everything we’ve been promised is a failure.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Politicians prefer to canvass with the sun on their backs, but that appears unlikely in 2016 when an early spring election will follow the floods that(...)

Willie Penrose said the next step would see credit rating rules changed to allow people recover from financial distress faster. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The architect of a Bill which reduces the bankruptcy term from three years to one year has called for credit rating impairment rules to fall into line(...)

Willie Penrose:  ‘I have heard too many stories of suicide and attempted suicide, often for extraordinarily small sums.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Government backbencher has claimed there is a failure to deal with “unresolved legacy debt”. Labour TD Willie Penrose said the bucket of debt “has (...)

 An almost submerged car   in a flooded area of Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.  Photograph: Eric Luke The Irish Times

Water levels appear to be stabilising across much of the Shannon river system although authorities have warned that the flood situation still remains(...)

Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Ann Phelan: Labour needs ‘real numbers’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A group of Labour TDs, including a Minister of State, has said the party should not re-enter a coalition with Fine Gael after the election if it does (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald’s memo will also allow for an 18-month bankruptcy discharge for those already in the process for more than a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A Cabinet meeting is taking place over the phone to approve new bankruptcy legislation. The legislation will reduce the bankruptcy term from three ye(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan: has been asked to draft new bankruptcy Bill. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government is hoping that reducing the bankruptcy term to one year from three will put further pressure on the banks to engage with the personal (...)

One disappointing feature of Ireland’s strong economic recovery has been the slow decline in the high level of private debt contracted during the econ(...)