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The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire. Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has said the economic impact of the shale revolution in the United States should not be underestimated when considering the controversial extraction methods of hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has said the economic impact of the shale revolution in the United States should not b(...)

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte expects Bord Gais to start the sale of its energy unit, comprising retail and power generation, "in the coming(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The allegation that civil servants are frustrating a banking inquiry is outrageous.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill to legalise abortion in certain circumstances, including the risk of suicide, is included in the programme of legislati(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said there was ’legal confusion’ in the Savita Halappanavar case.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said there was “legal confusion” over abortion law, as shown by the Savita Halappa(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly is preparing legislation to give effect to the X-case ruling of the Supreme Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Further tension between the Government parties over abortion is in prospect as Minister for Health James Reilly prepares legis(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said the new public service broadcasting charge, which will replace the current licence fee, is unlikely to be ready until next year but could end up bringing in more revenue than the present licence fee. Photograph: David Sleator

The new public service broadcasting charge cannot be seen as a panacea for all the difficulties of Irish media, the Minister for Communications(...)

Pat Rabbitte: to get broadcasting report in May. photograph: alan betson

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has given “primary consideration” to a major funding review of public service broadcasting co-ordinated b(...)

Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Fine Gael Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Labour’s problems are compounded by the fact that its own pre-election pledges and promises were made in laboratory conditions and could not be sustained. Photograph: Frank Miller

At times combing through the staff reports of the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund this week, you were reminded of the old can(...)

Nessa Childers arriving with Liz Mc Manus to the European Parliament election count at Punchestown in June 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

MARK HILLIARD MEP Nessa Childers has said any assertion by the Labour leadership that her resignation from the party was not a tough dec(...)

“While Fianna Fáil were the culprits in office, Fine Gael and Labour were complicit in the policies that caused the crisis.” Clockwise from left: Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore, Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin at the interdenominational service of prayer for the assembly of the 31st Dáil in St Ann’s Church in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Four and a half years ago there was a prospect our political culture was about to change utterly. The culture that recklessly drove the country(...)

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