Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin repeatedly asked Mr Gilmore to clarify whether legislation would be imposed. He said public sector workers had rejected the deal because it was “bad for them, their families and bad for public services”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has declined to say whether the Government will introduce legislation to impose pay cuts in the wake of the rejection by(...)

The Central Bank

Banks have been using 17-year-old legislation to unilaterally impose increased charges on customers without having to seek app(...)

New TD Helen McEntee. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter smiled broadly. There was not a judge in sight. The recipient was the new TD for Meath East, Helen McEn(...)

 Siptu president  Jack O’Connor speaking at Liberty Hall yesterday, following the ballot on Croke Park II. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The rejection by trade unions of the pay cut package in the second Croke Park deal presents an acute new problem for the Government. This is ex(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Seán Fleming said the rejection of the deal by the country’s largest trade union Siptu was “a significant blow” to the Government’s hopes of achieving additional savings.

Opposition parties tonight rounded on the Government as it failed to secure an agreement on public sector pay – with Fianna Fáil branding the c(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The allegation that civil servants are frustrating a banking inquiry is outrageous.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill to legalise abortion in certain circumstances, including the risk of suicide, is included in the programme of legislati(...)

A leg up: fee-paying schools are seen to give students an advantage. St Michael’s College and Blackrock College clash in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Should the state support fee-paying schools? This question is arguably the most divisive in Irish education today, pitting parent against parent, t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: has been asked to consider a ’sunset clause’ to review abortion legislation at a later date. Photograph: Donall Farmer

The Dáil resumes today after a two-week recess for Easter, with attention centred on the outcome of trade union votes on the “Croke Park II” pay cu(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said there was ’legal confusion’ in the Savita Halappanavar case.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said there was “legal confusion” over abortion law, as shown by the Savita Halappa(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly is preparing legislation to give effect to the X-case ruling of the Supreme Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Further tension between the Government parties over abortion is in prospect as Minister for Health James Reilly prepares legis(...)