Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said the insolvency regime would give little comfort to insolvent borrowers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The two main Opposition parties attacked the new insolvency plan for giving too much power to banks and other lenders as they (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness and Pearse Doherty (left) after the leader’s address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis   in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend, were Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness conjuring at the back of their minds th(...)

The anti-austerity march organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  in Dublin  earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Opposition has said the disclosure that the troika is monitoring health spending on a monthly basis is a reflectio(...)

“While Maltese salary rates are lower than those in Ireland, Maltese workers pay among the lowest taxes in [the] EU and annual living costs are substantially lower,” letter from Department of Social Protection to 60-year-old said.

The Department of Social Protection has been accused of actively promoting emigration after an unemployed 60-year-old received details of a job(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty yesterday launched the Finance (Local Property Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, repealing the tax, which will be introduced in in the Dáil today and debated in the party’s Private Member’s time in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has said it will abolish the property tax and refund those who paid the household charge if it is in government after the next genera(...)

Simon Coveney insisted today that Irish savings are safe and will not be targeted. Photograph:  Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Under no circumstances will deposits in Irish banks be targeted for a Cypriot-style tax, the Government has insisted. Minister for Agricu(...)

The panel of accountants is composed of members of the recognised accountancy bodies and a county-by-county list is at keepingyourhome.ie. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said a panel of 2,000 accountants had been established and the lenders would pay €250 to a pr(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan believes there will be an increase in the number of repossessions of buy-to-let properties. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

“I can envisage repossessions in the buy-to-let sector,” he said following the new Government plan to tackle the mortgage arrears crisis(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D., and Matthew Elderfield Head of Financial Regulation at the Central Bank photographed at Government Buildings at the Mortgage Arrears Plan announcement yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The main Opposition parties claimed the mortgage plan left too much power with the banks but the Government insisted that lenders which did not(...)

Party finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said the document appeared to show that banks were trying to keep hidden the manner in which mortgage borrowers in arrears were being dealt with.

Sinn Féin has called on banks to end the practice of keeping secret the process of mortgage restructuring. The call came after the party publis(...)