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It is understood that Sean Donlon will resign his corporate directorships when he joins the EBRD in mid-July. He will also forgo his public pension for the duration of his appointment. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government is preparing to appoint Seán Donlon, former chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs, to Ireland’s seat on the board of the European (...)

“[Michael] Somers is something of a divisive figure. For many, he is one of the most talented public servants the State ever produced; for others, he was an overpaid plutocrat with a fondness for saying ‘I told you so’.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The taxpayer could be forgiven for being a little bemused at claims that jobs are at risk because of heavy-handed regulation of the banks. (...)

Alex White and Minister for Health James Reilly. “In spite of soothing noises from Minister of State Alex White, the fact is that nothing has been done after two-and-a-half years.” Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

Suffering the pain of so-called austerity is bad. Listening to luxuriously upholstered State pensioners like John Bruton tell us that it’s all (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. “The Coalition parties have presented a united front on the big economic issues.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The political atmosphere is remarkably calm in spite of a range of testing issues facing the Government as it approaches the half way mark in i(...)

Matthew Elderfield said: “Strong supervision needs to be a constant.”.

There can be little surprise at the stand taken yesterday by the IFSC’s President, John Bruton, on the issue of bank regulation. His comm(...)

The Dáil chamber. “A free vote on matters of conscience would be good for politics; and it would be good for politicians.”

‘Nothing in the court’s judgment should be taken as necessarily implying that it would not be open to the State . . . to legislate to deal with(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking in Belfast where he said the Government had  “made it clear we want to bring certainty for women and their medical practitioners where a woman’s life is at risk”. Photograph: PA

The Government will sign off on draft abortion legislation at Cabinet tomorrow, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today. Mr Gilmore added that(...)

Supporters of the extreme right Golden Dawn party during a rally over the crisis in Cyprus, outside the German embassy in Athens last week. The banner reads: “No to Germany’s anti-Greek policy.” Photograph:  Reuters/John Kolesidis

There is a tendency, whenever a euro zone country gets into difficulty and needs help from its neighbours, to blame Germany for the severity of(...)

Luke Flanagan and  Joe Higgins at a Campaign against Household & Water Taxes protest  on Dublin’s Grafton Street.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Luke Ming Flanagan's extraordinary self-serving speech to the Dáil last night would get douze points for sheer neck, but we're going to quash them (...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaking in the Dail.

The pensions paid to former taoisigh Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern rank among the highest in Europe, according to data compiled by (...)

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