The Central Bank is thought to be considering a compulsory scheme which would see third parties insure 5-10 per cent of a mortgage Photograpgh: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The adoption of a compulsory mortgage insurance scheme in Ireland could significantly cut the cost of home loans for first-time buyers and shield bank(...)

Pako Mokoba, who has been in the direct provision system for six years, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, that  her life was also like that of someone living in an open prison. Image: Screengrab/Oireachtas TV.

People living in the direct provision system find the level of control exerted over their lives “degrading”, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Stephe(...)

Tom Savage: his term as  chairman of the RTÉ board came to an end on August 31st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

RTÉ has lost two-thirds of its governing board this week, and a radical overhaul will take place before the end of this month with chairman Tom Savag(...)

Our virtual Tesco shop of the same 30 items costs €132.64 in the Republic and €112.02 in the North, a difference of more than 20 per cent. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this summer, the Guardian asked families in seven cities, including Dublin, to do a comparable grocery shop and send in their receipts. Dub(...)

The State has argued, at various points, that recognition of Traveller ethnicity was not proven and that granting recognition would prove too costly to the State. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Oireachtas committee has formally called on the Government to recognise Traveller ethnicity for the first time. In a report published (...)

Oireachtas committee told worst delays at the Beaumont and Mater hospitals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ambulances in Dublin are waiting up to 16 hours outside emergency departments to hand over patients, an Oireachtas committee w(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Brendan Howlin made his comments before the  Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance and Public Expenditure. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government does not intend to create a Ryanair-style no frills public service, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howli(...)

Seán Ó Cuirreáin resigned his position amid claims  that the Irish language is being marginalised by the system of public administration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Commisineir Teanga Seán Ó Cuirreáin is due before an Oireachtas committee this afternoon where he will face questions surrounding his decision to r(...)

A decision to privatise 10 per cent of the routes operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus could lead to higher ticket costs and poorer customer experience, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A decision to privatise 10 per cent of the routes operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus could lead to higher ticket costs and poorer customer experie(...)

 Dr James Reilly said there was no question of health service staff being asked to take any additional pay reductions other than those set out in the Haddington Road agreement. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

The head of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, has said it will not be possible this year to meet some service priorities.Addressing the Oireachtas Joint Committe(...)