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“Taoiseach, if you turned up at a multi-billion merger and said ‘we’re not going to see any cost savings for the next five years and we’re locking in the workforce for the next 12’, you’d be fired on the spot. But not here.” Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

And Enda gazed and still his wonder grew, that so many small heads could carry all they knew . . . It’s the maps, you see. The men and women of the co(...)

“The finance spokespeople in the Seanad, and others who have expertise in that area, should be included in any newly constituted committee to inquire into the banking fiasco,’’ said Senator Whelan.

A Government Senator has said it would be “absurd’’ to exclude Seanad representation from the banking inquiry.John Whelan (Lab) supported a call by Fi(...)

A decision to privatise 10 per cent of the routes operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus could lead to higher ticket costs and poorer customer experience, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A decision to privatise 10 per cent of the routes operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus could lead to higher ticket costs and poorer customer experie(...)

Gardaí marching during their graduation ceremony at Templemore. Fianna Fáil leader Darragh O’Brien welcomed Mr Shatter’s announcement that that applications will be accepted from next week for new recruits to the Garda Síochána. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Seanad Report: The Seanad should nominate a name for the new ship the Naval Service will take delivery of next year, Independent Senator Sean Barre(...)

Chairman of the Fiscal Council Prof John McHale: told the Oireachtas committee that if forecasts for economic growth turned out to be accurate, then “everything was looking good”, but that it depended on growth. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulation may be needed to protect variable mortgages holders from being targeted by the banks for additional profits, the chairman of the Fiscal (...)

Sen Catherine Noone at the Oireachtas charity fashion show in support of Motor Neurone Disease Research held in the Shelbourne Hotel.

News has reached us of a distressing episode involving Mattie McGrath, his suitcase and a revolving door. It happened last Thursday week, but n(...)

Senator Seán Barrett: “Are the big four accountancy firms beyond rebuke? The State is now taking on the burden of a sector that did not regulate itself.”

The Government must be far stricter in not letting accountancy bodies “off the hook” for failing to do their job, an economist has told the Seanad.Sen(...)

 Micheál Martin TD, with Sen Sean Barrett, and Michael McDowell, SC at the Central Count Centre, in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The No vote for abolition of the Seanad “will be a very hard lesson for the Government that you can’t govern by focus group”, according to Democracy M(...)

Senator Sean Barrett (centre) , TCD. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

A call has been made for the Taoiseach to resign after the expected No vote in the referendum to abolish the Seanad. Trinity College senator Sean Barr(...)

TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)

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