“It is unfortunate that on this issue the Bar Council’s motto “Nolumus Mutari” (We Shall Not Be Changed) has triumphed.” Photograph: Frank Miller

During December the Legal Services Regulation Bill should complete its passage through both Houses of the Oireachtas. Unfortunately, because (...)

 Fine Gael leader Dr Garret FitzGerald (right) and Mr John Bruton, TD, FG, spokesman on finance promised reform of the budget process in 1981. Photograph: Pat Langan

On these harsh winter mornings, it is good to start the day with a laugh. So, many thanks to my local Fine Gael candidate whose big posters blazon: “R(...)

 Catherine Byrne TD:    memo said she was in “absolute shock” and “visibly upset” after she was  “verbally accosted”   by a member of the public. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leinster House is to increase security measures, including installing a scanning system for all visitors, after a “material escalation in the level of(...)

The 9ft 9 inch mahogany clock went under the hammer  at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare

A grandfather clock that plays God Save the Queen when wound up, and that was withdrawn from loan to Leinster House, has sold at auction for €115,000.(...)

Talking about Nama, Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “We made a decision that politicians should be removed out of the process.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she would be “perfectly happy’’ to see Nama co-operating with the investigation in the North into the controversial sale(...)

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Diaspora is a term we have become familiar with in this country, indicating our historical experience with emigration. Its currency has been reinforce(...)

Property developer Johnny Ronan. File  photograph: Collins

The Jewish Representative Council of Ireland (JRCI) has said it is greatly disquieted by the reference to Auschwitz at the end of property developer J(...)

Central Bank building in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Central Bank was aware of a property bubble from early 2004, a former employee has claimed. In a written statement to the Oireachtas banking inqui(...)

Peter  Fitzpatrick, who is 61 and lives in Malahide, Co Dublin, was finance director of IL&P at the time of the financial crash in 2008. Photograph: Collins

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry has withdrawn its direction to former Irish Life & Permanent executive Peter Fitzpatrick to provide a written state(...)

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry whistleblower is considering legal action in connection with the findings of a review conducted recently into allegatio(...)