Minister for Education Joe McHugh is expected to bring a memo to Cabinet next week outlining the Government’s plans to deal with the ex-gratia scheme for people sexually abused in day schools. Photograph: Joe Boland/PA Wire

Minister for Education Joe McHugh is expected to bring a memo to Cabinet next week outlining the Government’s plans to deal with the ex-gratia scheme (...)

Maurice Quinlivan: ‘It is absolutely scandalous that this money has not been invested in raising the skills of those in employment.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has been criticised for running a “scandalous” unspent surplus of about half a billion euro in a State training fund. Latest figures s(...)

John Paul Phelan (centre): Government would decide “in the next couple of weeks” on a citizens’ assembly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government will proceed with plans for a directly elected mayor in Limerick after a majority of voters backed the proposal, Minister of State for (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there was ‘no worse crime than one against a child and no worse form of crime or a crime that is more unspeakable than child abuse’. File photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that the ex-gratia scheme established for victims of child sexual abuse while they were pupils in State schools is(...)

Workers entering the Intel facility at Collinstown, Leixlip, 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

IDA Ireland paid out €7.5 million for an 18-acre site at Collinstown in Leixlip, Co Kildare, last year. The pay-out is more than double the next high(...)

Barry Cowen TD:  ‘There can be no other action taken. It is then up to the Director of Public Prosecutions to take up the case and seek a conviction’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Anyone who robs a bank and is caught will have the “book thrown at them” but if insurance claim fraudsters are found out there are absolutely no conse(...)

 Minister of State with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance Michael D’Arcy: called on insurance firms to give policyholders a break. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Minister has warned insurance companies he will not accept their “repeatedly loading premiums” on businesses while at the same time generating signi(...)

In his letter, Kevin O’Connell complains he has become ‘the personification’ of all that went wrong, and suggests he is not wholly to blame. Photograph: Collins Courts

The man whose shredding of files helped collapse the trial of former Anglo chairman Seán FitzPatrick wants a public hearing to explain his errors. Ke(...)

The only one who seemed well-prepared and asked a succession of erudite, intelligent questions – and who seemed genuinely interested in the answers – was Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (pictured, with microphone, in 2017). Photograph: Alan Betson

Business journalists don’t get out that much. We tend to be kept locked in the basement to crunch numbers and write about profits and bonds. If we’re (...)

The proposed new Corporate Enforcement Authority will be able to decide its own staffing needs and hire specialists such as forensic accountants

The State’s proposed new white-collar crime agency, the Corporate Enforcement Authority, will have beefed-up powers of search and entry, allowing it t(...)

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