That theological construct, “mental reservation”, is alive and well in politics. When commitments are given, they are generally time-constrained. So, (...)

Former Rehab chief executive and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery (right) has denied there was anything ‘cosy’ about a person with links to Fine Gael lobbying a Government of which the party was a member. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Former Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery has launched a stinging attack on the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, saying its behaviour in examin(...)

Fine Gael TD John Deasy, who accused two other TDs of being ‘bullsh***rs’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The legal adviser to the Dáil and Seanad accused members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of undermining her independence and was very upset at(...)

Chairman of the banking inquiry  Ciarán Lynch said members of the ad hoc group will work on a pro-bono basis and will include a mixture of public servants and private sector figures. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Oireachtas banking inquiry has referred different proposals for its terms of reference to an external group for advice amid differences between me(...)

Ciarán Lynch:  said the committee’s initial responsibility would be to prepare a detailed proposal for the banking inquiry, including terms of reference

As the special Dáil committee inquiring into the banking crisis meets for the first time today, there are fresh doubts as to whether it will be able(...)

Former Rehab chief executives Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins have written to the body which sets Dáil rules objecting to how they were treated by th(...)

Frank Flannery, who has resigned from his roles as a director of organisation and director of elections with Fine Gael, at the party’s recent ardfheis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery now faces the prospect of moves to compel him to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (...)

Ciarán Lynch (Labour): the chairman of the 
Oireachtas
Oireachtas finance committee, is the clear favourite to chair the banking inquiry

As many as 50 support staff will be engaged for the upcoming Oireachtas banking inquiry, it has emerged. The budget for the investigation will roug(...)

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) John McGuinness has dismissed concerns raised by the Government chief whip about the conduct of the PAC’s work.

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) John McGuinness has dismissed concerns raised by the Government chief whip about the conduct of th(...)

Whistleblower John Wilson. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government has written to the body that sets Dáil rules asking that it reinforces the responsibility of individual committees following critici(...)