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(...)

John Tierney, MD of Irish Water: held a briefing with TDs and Senators at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Fine Gael TD last night warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny he may not be able to support the party in the Dáil unless the Government began listening to its(...)

Eoghan Murphy pictured during canvassing in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy has said he and his backbench colleagues had suffered “a little bit of Stockholm Syndrome” in their handling of the Irish (...)