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Voting  at the Convention on the Constitution meeting in Malahide, Co Dublin yesterday. It recommended that the Constitution should be changed to allow for civil marriage for same-sex couples. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

There was a “reasonable prospect” that the Government would hold a referendum on same sex marriage before the next general election, Minister f(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said the new public service broadcasting charge, which will replace the current licence fee, is unlikely to be ready until next year but could end up bringing in more revenue than the present licence fee. Photograph: David Sleator

The new public service broadcasting charge cannot be seen as a panacea for all the difficulties of Irish media, the Minister for Communications(...)

Sheila De Courcy, cross-divisional head of children’s content at RTÉ, which launches standalone channel RTÉjr today.

Children are notoriously a tough crowd. But for Sheila De Courcy, head of children’s content at RTÉ, it’s a crowd that can be cracked with a co(...)

The name plate of the Harcourt Street offices for the The Sunday Business Post and The Irish Examiner. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The former chairman of Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) Alan Crosbie has said that he did not have the financial resources to invest in the compan(...)

Comedy curdled: Brendan O’Carroll, Peter Wight, Dean Andrews and Bobby Ball in ‘The Security Men’

Best to gloss over The Security Men (UTV, Friday) with only a passing bout of handwringing about what could have happened to Caroline Aherne, t(...)

Divisive: Margaret Thatcher, photographed in 1987. Photograph: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

She was a polarising figure in life, so it was hardly surprising that Margaret Thatcher should prove equally divisive in death. As well the sharply(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: indicated that Labour Party TDs would be prepared to vote in favour of public service pay cuts if necessary. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has ruled out further negotiations on the proposed new Croke Park agreement to cut th(...)

The Central Bank’s director of consumer protection, Bernard Sheridan (at front), has expressed concern that restrictions limiting to three per month the number of unsolicited contacts a bank can make with a borrower in arrears  were hampering the speed at which many problem loans were being resolved.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Central Bank has insisted proposals in a new code of conduct which could permit banks to remove tracker mortgages from borrowers in seriou(...)

The IMF pointed out that Ashoka Mody had retired from the IMF “and his views do not represent the fund’s position”.

The International Monetary Fund has distanced itself from comments by the fund’s former mission chief to Ireland, Ashoka Mody, who said complet(...)

RTÉ director general Noel Curran, who said the the national broadcaster was committed to delivering a minimum 30 per cent cut in salaries.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The director general of RTÉ has admitted the organisation paid some its top broadcasters “too much” and warned that some of its biggest earners(...)

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