Minister  for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: acknowledged the importance of the legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

When a person is convicted of a crime, there is a legitimate expectation of punishment, with the most serious consequence being the loss of liberty. I(...)

Eircode has two elements: a three-figure ‘route key’ number and a random, four-digit mix of letters and numbers that pinpoints the address.

The man charged with introducing the Republic’s controversial new post code has hit back at the system’s critics ahead of its expected launch next (...)

Report by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin says pension deductions are ‘integral’ to meeting the  deficit reduction target has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

The pension deduction levied on public servants as part of emergency financial measures introduced in recent years remains “integral” to meeting the o(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arriving at Leinster House for his appearance at the Banking Inquiry, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Following Charlie McCreevy is developing into a theme for Brian Cowen. Having taken over from McCreevy in 2004 as finance minister, Biffo on Thursday (...)

Former taoiseach and minister for finance Brian Cowen appearing at the Banking Inquiry on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) was instructed by Brian Cowen to deposit money with Irish banks in late 2007 and early 2008, it emerged(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SARAH BARDON Fianna Fáil paid a heavy price for the banking crash and subsequent austerity but it was the right thing to do, the former taoiseach Bria(...)

The anti-water charges protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is to appear before an Oireachtas committee on Friday morning to discuss the policing of the demonstration.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is to appear before an Oireachtas committee on Friday morning to answer questions about policing outside Leinster(...)

 Former minister for justice Alan Shatter’s car is blocked from driving through the front gates of Leinster House by protesters, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The female garda who was knocked unconscious at Wednesday’s water charges protest outside Leinster House which left members of the Oireachtas unable t(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to reporters outside the Dáil this morning where he is appearing before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:51

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has told the banking inquiry that he is happy with the measures he took as minister for finance prior to the banking cris(...)

In a dramatic turn on Wednesday,   the Banking Inquiry  adjourned to take legal advice after Charlie  McCreevy sidestepped Pearse  Doherty’s question on five occasions about whether Ireland had experienced a property bubble. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former finance minister Charlie McCreevy was threatened with criminal sanction by the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday after failing to answer (...)