‘In relation to Mr Watt, I’m not aware of who has written to him or who has written to him separately but I will pursue that issue,’ said the Taoiseach.  Photograph: Collins

The Oireachtas Committee on Health is to invite Stephen Donnelly, Robert Watt and Dr Tony Holohan before it to discuss the chief medical officer’s bot(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Health.  Photograph: Collins

The Oireachtas Committee on Finance has criticised the “lack of engagement” and “apparent unwillingness” of the top civil servant in the Department of(...)

Martin Fraser is secretary general of the Government. Photograph: GIS

The country’s most senior civil servant has said he was supportive of the now-abandoned secondment of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan to a(...)

Michael McGrath said the directive was ‘among the most far reaching and most significant pieces of legislation’ ever to be adopted by the EU. File photograph: The Irish Times

Measures in place to protect whistleblowers have not gone far enough, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has said. Mr McGrat(...)

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin in May. Non-essential retail was shuttered for much of the first half of the year. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

There is no sugarcoating it. Between Covid, Brexit, supply chain issues and spiralling energy prices it was a tough year for the Irish consumer, as ou(...)

Lotteries everywhere play on the common fantasy of a single enormous payday that will ease all of life’s problems. Photograph: iStock

When National Lottery officials were summoned before the Oireachtas Finance Committee earlier this month and asked to explain why a game of chance was(...)

The European Commission consumer credit proposals will need to be thrashed out with EU countries and the European Parliament before they can come into force.

New rules proposed by the European Commission could introduce a cap on interest rates for consumers and restrict the cost of credit charged by moneyle(...)

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on finance Pearse Doherty: ‘These ultra-high interest rates are unethical, immoral and trap vulnerable borrowers into vicious cycles of debt.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin wants to cap the cost of credit moneylenders can charge at no more than three times the market average. The party’s finance spokesman, Pear(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien says he is looking at ‘whatever measures that are needed, up to and including a ban’ to address the issue of bulk-buying of new homes by investment funds. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien is pressing the Department of Finance to make changes to the tax treatment of investment funds as part of efforts(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has been asked if the Government now believes that the salary increase of more than €80,000 for the ro(...)

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