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Eamon Gilmore met banking representatives today to begin efforts to resolve the Priory Hall crisis. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Senior Government officials met banking representatives today at the start of a 21-day process to resolve the Priory Hall crisis and Tánaiste Eamon Gi(...)

While there is speculation overBoris Johnson and Cameron’s Tory leadership, Enda Kenny has been an incredibly firm leader. Photographs: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images and Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

How safe is David Cameron as leader of the Tory Party? As safe as houses, you might think, with the proviso that all political houses tend to be made(...)

Pearse Doherty said the Seanad was “elite and out of touch”.

Sinn Féin will call for a Yes vote in the referendum to abolish the Seanad on October 4th, saying it is “elite” and “out of touch”.The party’s referen(...)

Students whose grants have been delayed due to ongoing problems at Susi have made complaints to the Ombudsman. File photograph of UCD campus, Belfield. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Five students whose grants have been delayed due to ongoing problems at the body that processes them have made complaints to the Ombudsman.Student Uni(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said he is disappointed with the response of the religious congregations regarding former residents of Magdalene laundries and urged them to reconsider the approach they were taking. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The four religious congregations that ran the Magdalene laundries had a “moral and ethical’’ obligation to contribute to the fund to recompense former(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on their way into Leinster House last February to sit in the public gallery for the Dáil debate on the McAleese report. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has sought a Dáil debate on the refusal of the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene Laundries to make a financial contribution towar(...)

Our parliament knows that, when faced with British plots, the best thing is to keep schtum and carry on

Shortly before it reached its climax, the Dáil debate on abortion was described in these pages by Alan Hynes, a parliamentary assistant to Colm Keaven(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald said she doesn’t want the  resource centres to face any more cuts. Photograph: The Irish Times

The number of people seeking services from the Family Resource Centre has increased by almost 40 per cent in the past three years, according to the an(...)

Alan Dukes has suggested  the Central Bank and the Department of Finance would have been aware of the existence, if not the details, of recordings of senior executives disclosing the true extent of the crisis facing the bank in the autumn of 2008.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The former senior politician who took over the running of Anglo Irish Bank after it was nationalised has indicated both the Central Bank and the Depar(...)

Sinn Fein MEP Mary Lou McDonald: “I want to know and I want you to find out what the public interest director was doing. Why did Alan Dukes sing dumb?” .Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Directors and senior managers of the former Anglo Irish Bank should be questioned at a parliamentary inquiry, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has insisted in t(...)

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