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Joan Burton arrives at Leinster House to appear at the  banking inquiry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted Fianna Fáil-led governments were to blame for the economic crash. Ms Burton told the Oireachtas banking inquiry th(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton appearing before the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said the Irish economy from 2002 - 2007 was like an athlete on steroids. (Live blog here). In a submission to the Oireachtas(...)

Enda Kenny speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, July 23rd, 2015

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Fianna Fáil-led governments caused the “lion’s share of the damage” to the Irish economy. (Live blog here) Mr Kenny appe(...)

Ruairí Quinn, who along with fellow former Labour leaders Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore, will not contest the next election. Photograph: Frank Miller

One hundred TDs and Senators – or close to half the Oireachtas – are not expected to return to Leinster House after the general election, with €14 mil(...)

Analysis of election spending for the last general election and subsequent byelections shows successful TDs spent an average of €18,746 campaigning. Image: Paul Scott

As our politicians gear up for the general election, many will be considering how much their campaigns will cost. Analysis of election spending(...)

Alex White: would not be drawn on how much the Government expects to spend on the whole process. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The dream of high-speed broadband has inched closer to reality for hundreds of thousands of people in rural Ireland. Minister for Communications Alex(...)

Pat Rabbitte: “I share the puzzlement as to why we get 19 per cent of the vote and 90 per cent of the blame. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish TImes

When elaborating this week on his decision not to contest the next general election for the Labour Party, Pat Rabbitte referred to a problem that has (...)

 At the Fianna Fail manifesto  launch, 2007, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern   and Finance Minister Brian Cowen ...a pre-election auction of tax cuts and spending increases broke out which was even more intense than predicted. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Good historical research requires seeing matters through documents or accounts generated around the time of events. Later accounts are likely to be wr(...)

Pat Rabbitte: “It will be a difficult election for the Labour Party . . . We get 19 per cent of the vote and 90 per cent of the blame.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte has said his decision not to contest the next general election was not influenced by his relationship with Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

Pat Rabbitte has confirmed that he will not stand for re-election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Pat Rabbitte ended months of speculation yesterday by confirming he will not stand for re-election. The former Labour leader told his party colleagues(...)

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