Brian Cowen former taoiseach at the Dail for the banking inquiry .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Irish Times

Government ministers were assured by the Central Bank and the financial regulator that all six lenders covered by bank guarantee were solvent on Septe(...)

Among the report’s key findings are: – The almost universal adoption of the ‘soft landing’ theory, without any substantial test or challenge, must be(...)

Customs at work going through a routine check of parcels at the Portlaoise parcels depot. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It was an innocuous enough online advertisement. A top brand pair of trainers, size eight, never worn and still in their packaging. The cost was a thi(...)

“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 (...)

 Alan Shatter:  clashed with the Bar Council over the Legal Services Regulation Bill when he introduced it.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has excoriated the Bar Council for fighting “tooth and nail” against every reform proposed for the legal pr(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said reforms “represent substantial progress”.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has defended her legal reforms as “pragmatic” in the face of criticism from a State watchdog which alleged sh(...)

 Federal Reserve chairwoman  Janet Yellen testifies before the House finance committee  in Washington. PhotographGetty Images

Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, said the US economy was performing well and that Fed rate-setters might consider raising rates at the(...)

A mother who claims her daughter suffered ‘horrendous adverse effects’ after receiving the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer has brought legal proceedings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

A mother who claims her daughter suffered “horrendous adverse effects” after receiving the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer has brought legal proce(...)

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said consideration was being given to alternatives to Lariam.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A working group on the prevention of malaria among Irish soldiers serving abroad is due to report to Minister for Defence Simon Coveney later this yea(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Coalition is to promise one of its most contentious and delayed pieces of legislation will be in place by Christmas, leading to renewed suggest(...)