Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  his comment that the marriage bar that forced women out of the Irish workplace was “bonkers” gave the issue of women and pensions much-needed oxygen.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The 36,000 or so people, mostly women, who have been living with the reality or prospect of a reduced state pension could be forgiven this week for sh(...)

 Governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane: how can he force lawyered-up banks to do the right thing for customers caught up in the tracker mortgage scandal? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Central Bank governor Philip Lane signalled this week that he was running out of road trying to coerce Ireland’s more stubborn, lawyered-up banks into(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: He can harangue the banks. But will he give the Central Bank new powers? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Next week, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will haul in the bank chiefs for a dressing-down about their response to the tracker mortgage scandal.(...)

 Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe:   what matters to those affected is “not the completion of a probe, but the end of a journey”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Banks involved in the tracker mortgage scandal will have to commit to starting compensation payments by Christmas in order to avoid punishment measure(...)

Glanbia managing director Siobhán Talbot, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh and Ardagh Group chairman Paul Coulson at the launch of Boston College’s Ireland Business Council. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

One advantage of being a nation of emigrants is that Ireland has a ready-made, extensive business diaspora, a network in every developed nation on Ea(...)

Richard Bruton recalled that he had warned the then Fianna Fáil government in 2004 that its Central Bank Bill was defective.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

The Government believes any failures by the banks in dealing with the tracker mortgage scandal should be “ruthlessly pursued’’, Minister for Education(...)

Pensions: a troubling anomaly

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has undertaken to review an anomaly whereby up to 40,000 people, mainly women, receive smaller State pen(...)

The Finance Bill  stipulates that commercial property deals in place prior to October 11th will enjoy the old 2 per cent rate of stamp duty.

Commercial property deals signed prior to October 11th, the day before last week’s budget, will not be liable to the new 6 per cent rate of stamp duty(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Finance Bill gives details of a new stock option scheme for SMEs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tech start-ups and other small businesses will be able to offer key personnel tax-efficient stock options under a new Government scheme designed to he(...)

Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank, arriving for the Oireachtas committee meeting at the Dail with Derville Rowland (left), director general of finanancial conduct, and Sharoin Donnery (right), deputy governor of Central Bank. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Central Bank is working with An Garda and other State agencies in relation to the tracker mortgage scandal, although it stopped short of saying a (...)