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(...)

Joan Collins TD: “I break laws that are immoral and never should have been brought in.” Photograph: Collins

United Left TD Joan Collins was arrested yesterday for her role in a protest. The TD for Dublin South Central was one of 13 people arrested for(...)

Brendan Howlin, Michael Noonan, Enda Kenny and Joan Burton speak at small business funding event earlier this year. The four form the Government’s Economic Management Council. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Banks who stand in the way of “sensible” deals being struck with distressed borrowers could see their controversial veto – granted to them when a new(...)

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 (...)

The HSE has estimated the cost of solving the country's overcrowding  crisis to be in the range of €100m. Photograph: Getty Images.

More than €100 million is needed to resolve the overcrowding crisis in hospital emergency departments, according to internal HSE estimates.The money i(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Economic Management Council drew up contingency plans for the collapse of the euro when the single currency entered its most serious period of cr(...)

Recruiter for Reboot Ireland Eddie Hobbs has said that the group is on course to have 60 candidates available for the next general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The as-yet-nameless political party known as Reboot Ireland is on target to have 60 available candidates for the next general election, its recruiter (...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Under the proposals single-person households are to be levied at rate of about €100 per year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is close to finalising a much simplified system of water charges which will mean an effective annual charge of less than €200 per hous(...)

A senior Labour Party minister has said he has doubts over whether the Economic Management Council (EMC), the four member committee which sets econom(...)

Spare the whip

The need to rebalance power between Parliament and the Executive has been recognised by politicians and academics for decades, but no government has b(...)