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The controversial payday lending industry was the subject of a government-led summit on Monday, hosted by consumer minister Jo Swinson. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Payday loan companies pride themselves on being able to approve advances online in less than 15 minutes. So, in the time it takes the British governme(...)

Vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Second Stage138 Yes 24 No*Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett does not vote unless the issue is tied*Socia(...)

Outgoing Ictu president Eugene McGlone of Unite  (left) with Ictu general secretary  David Begg at the congress biennial delegate conference today in Belfast. Photograph: Kevin Cooper/Photoline

The outgoing president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has strongly criticised the Labour Party over its role in Government.Speaking at t(...)

One of the Labour pledges is to “unlock Dublin’s tourism potential”. Photograph: Thinkstock

Labour has more councillors in Dublin than any other party. When its representation on the four local authorities is totted up, Labour politicians acc(...)

Lucinda Creighton’s speech on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill “was very interesting, not least for the number of red herrings she introduced during the course of it”.

A woman and her husband sit in the departure lounge at Dublin Airport, waiting to catch their flight to Liverpool. He holds her hand and wishes he (...)

Incoming Bank of England governor Mark Carney may not have the immediate tools at hand to provide a monetary stimulus even if he wants to. Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg

Mark Carney’s arrival at the Bank of England this morning is as much of an event at Westminster as it is two miles away in the City; few appointments (...)

David Drumm argues that a misleading picture is being created by the Anglo recordings as they do not include conversations he and other Anglo executives had with the Financial Regulator, the Department of Finance and the Central Bank. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The latest snippets of conversation from the “Anglo tapes” over the weekend widened the range of characters and topics in the affair.They also served (...)

Support for Michéal Martin’s party has slipped in recent days, a new poll from the Sunday Business Post and Red C has indicated.

Support for Fianna Fáil has dropped in recent days, a new poll from the Sunday Business Post shows. The Red C poll, which will be published in tomorro(...)

Ibec director of industrial relations Brendan McGinty said  it was imperative that the “foundation of our collective bargaining arrangements must remain voluntary”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Any move to introduce new collective bargaining rights would cost jobs and significantly reduce the attractiveness of Ireland as a location for invest(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “He escaped after an hour and a half, promising to return when he’s done with his duties in Europe. The Senators looked less than gratified.”

The Taoiseach arrived with two undertakers in tow. Or civil servants, as they are more usually known. There was talk that Fianna Fáil would stage a wa(...)

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