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Speaking at an Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing on Thursday, NTMA chief executive Conor O’Kelly said a list would allow procurement officials in departments and Government agencies to assess if Irish taxpayers had too much exposure to certain ‘counterparties’.

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has been prompted by the collapse of the UK outsourcer Carillion to look at setting up a list of public(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. “Interrogating the commissioner before the Public Accounts Committee has become a political blood sport.” Photograph: Eric Luke

If all goes to plan, 2018 will witness the report of the independent “root-and-branch” review of An Garda Síochána, the product of the commission anno(...)

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: has just been appointed crown prince by his father, King Salman bin Abdelaziz Saudi. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty

Riyadh in mid-summer, nearing the end of the Ramadan fast, is a cauldron of searing heat. The political temperature in the Saudi Arabian capital and a(...)

People walk past a security barrier on Westminster Bridge in London, England. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Another terror attack, this time in London, has placed security issues firmly on the agenda just days ahead of a general election in the United Kingdo(...)

Billy Kane, former PTSB chief executive, set up Finance Ireland in 2002. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (Isif) has announced plans to invest €30 million in equity into Finance Ireland, the country’s biggest non-bank (...)

Celtic players celebrate Leigh Griffiths’s goal in front of Rangers fans during their Scottish League Cup semi-final  at Hampden Park stadium. Photograph: Russell Cheyne

Celtic 2 Rangers 0 It was all there again: the noise, the bile, the electricity, the songs, the colours, the police, the flags, the sell-out, the sta(...)

Celtic  players celebrate their  Scottish League Cup semi-final victory over Rangers at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Celtic 2 Rangers 0For Celtic, the pursuit of a domestic treble continues with confirmation of a place in the League Cup final. Dundee United lie in wa(...)

Brussels-based KBC has forecast that its Irish unit will need to set aside as much as €400 million of loan-loss provisions this year

KBC Bank Ireland is appointing Wim Verbraeken chief financial and operating officer in a management shake-up at the troubled lender. Mr Verbraeken wil(...)