Ian Drennan said he “remained available to assist the committee in whatever way possible and would attend before the committee on whatever date specified in due course.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The Director of Corporate Enforcement, the State’s company watchdog, may appear before an Oireachtas committee this year in what would be a first appe(...)

Up to 50 events a year are affected by ticket touting especially for major acts including concerts by U2, Britney Spears and the Spice Girls, Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys told the Dáil.

The long awaited ban on the sale of tickets above face value for music and sporting events moved a step closer with the introduction in the Dáil of le(...)

 Labour Party TD Jan O’Sullivan: ‘We really need to prepare our public representatives, in addition to the public, for genuine responsibility.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The prospect of the wrong kind of “celebrity-type” mayors being voted in could be introduced in May because there will not be enough time for a fully (...)

Burnt out vans and cars at  the house which was the scene of the  eviction in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has told the Belgian-owned KBC bank that it will “not stand by” and see Irish people evicted from their homes following(...)

IDA Ireland has more than 2,700 acres lying vacant, which accounts for more than a quarter of its entire estate portfolio. Photograph: David Sleator

The State investment agency is sitting on an unused land bank the size of 170 Croke Parks. IDA Ireland has more than 2,700 acres lying vacant, which (...)

U2 perform at Croke Park in July 2017. Tickets for the sold-out gig appeared within minutes on Ticketmaster-owned secondary site Seatwave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The scourge of ticket-touting has been a regular trigger for fan despair in recent years, with the above-average level of resales for U2 and Coldplay’(...)

TV licence: 64,272 people have been taken to court for nonpayment over the past five years. Photograph: E+/Getty

An Post took proceedings against 11,693 people in 2017 for not having a television licence – a slight drop on the 11,994 in 2016 – and over the past f(...)

Fianna Fail TD John Lahart said the global economy relies on measuring instruments and weights such as petrol pumps and taximeters “and we need to know they can be trusted”.

Ireland has belatedly begun the process of harmonising its regulations with those of EU member states on the science of metrology, better known as mea(...)

Figures from the Department of Enterprise show staff levels at the agency have dropped consistently over the past six years

The agency responsible for cross-Border trade has had its funding reduced for each of the past six years in a row and is “just about able” to carry ou(...)

Sinn Féin spokesman Maurice Quinlivan said more than 70,000 people in the State depended on the minumum wage. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

The Low Pay Commission was independent of the Government, Minister of State for Jobs Pat Breen told the Dáil. “I want to make it very clear that I c(...)

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