Seamus Brennan

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 Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy: her seat is seen as the most vulnerable.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The results of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, if reflected on polling day this Saturday, would mean significant seat losses for Fine (...)

Then government chief whip Séamus Brennan with Pat Rabbitte, Paul Bradford, Desmond O’Malley and John Gormley at a photocall on February 25th, 2002, to mark the introduction of electronic voting in the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwells/Handout

Thirty years ago, in 1989, Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley suggested to his coalition partner Charlie Haughey that it might be a good ide(...)

‘I get great value out of it,’ says Nell O’Neill (right) and Anne Carroll. Photograph: Jennifer O’Connell

Just shy of 50 million journeys were taken under Ireland’s free travel scheme in 2018, a 30 per cent increase in eight years. The scheme, which allows(...)

‘Zero consideration has been given to the issue of adequacy or coverage; it doesn’t benefit citizens in any real meaningful way,’ says one pensions professional. Photograph: iStock

As if pensions weren’t already complicated enough, a move at Government level to impose new EU regulations on members of all occupational schemes is s(...)

Noel Hanlon, former chairman of Aer Rianta. Mr Hanlon (78) died at the weekend in South Africa

Irish businessman Noel Hanlon died at the weekend in South Africa. He was 78 and had moved to the country some years ago. Mr Hanlon is probably best(...)

Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

Almost 13 years after Séamus Brennan raised the prospect of introducing mandatory pensions, the Government is seemingly getting around to it

Almost 13 years after Séamus Brennan raised the prospect of introducing mandatory pensions, the Government is seemingly getting around to it. More tha(...)

It is  estimated that just 35 per cent of private sector workers have made any financial provision for their retirement. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s almost 13 years since then minister for social welfare Séamus Brennan raised the prospect of introducing mandatory pensions in an effort to addre(...)

rail

More than two years after it was promised, the Government is reviewing a possible extension of the western rail corridor from Athenry, Co Galway, to C(...)

Pension reform is a thorny and complex issue, as criticism of the Government’s plans to iron out the anomalies in the State system and bring it up to (...)

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