The mortgage crisis “is one of the residual big social challenges left as we recover the economy,” said Minister Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brendan Howlin will begin talks with the unions on restoring pay next month.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said yesterday he will brin(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will bring a memo to Cabinet within two weeks on public sector pay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will bring a memo to Cabinet within two weeks on public sector pay.Mr Howlin said he has not yet opened(...)

John Perry TD: Stepped down as minister of State for small business in July of last year in a Government reshuffle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD John Perry is one of dozens of TDs who have appointed relations to positions during the lifetime of this Dáil. Mr Perry appointed his wif(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said people need to get their lives back, be able to get back into business again, back into employment again, deal with the debt. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tanáiste Joan Burton has urged the banks to stop “extending and pretending” and agree realistic deals with struggling mortgage borrowers that allows t(...)

Independent senator Ronán Mullen. File photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prominent broadcasters are using their positions to argue in favour of same sex marriage ahead of the referendum on the issue, Senator Ronán Mullen ha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton at a press conference to mark the Fine Gael/Labour Party Coalition’s fourth year in office on March 10th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A push to have the term of bankruptcy reduced from three years to one as part of Coalition efforts to tackle the mortgage arrears crisis is likely (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the start of the Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers at the EU council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Banks are using the threat of repossession to get home owners to engage with them, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. Mr Noonan is in Bruss(...)

A view of Gorse Hill, off Vico Road, in Killiney, Co Dublin.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There appears to be a playbook for the formerly super-rich who have hit debt troubles as a result of the economic crash. It involves international (...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: Said he has been given assurances that the national economic dialogue will not make any decisions on pay. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators expressed concern at separate private party meetings last night about the effectiveness of existing measures to (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has criticised banks for pulling out of deals with customers in mortgage difficulty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said a reduced bankruptcy period could send a message to banks who are pulling out of deals with customers in mortgage diffic(...)