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Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher arrives at Leinster House to speak at the Oireachtas finance committee yesterday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The chief executive of Bank of Ireland has defended its dealings with distressed mortgage holders, saying it cannot write off debts as it has to remai(...)

“The policy mix at the moment is not right,” says ICTU general secretary David Begg at the launch of the congress pre-budget submission yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Policies being pursued by the Government are producing the wrong results and further adherence to them will only compound the problems facing the Stat(...)

“We have been assured by the United Nations that every arrangement that is possible will be put in place to ensure their safety and security,” said  Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The safety and security of Irish troops in the Middle East region has been paramount in the Government’s discussions with the United Nations on the Sy(...)

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Charlie Flanagan

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Charlie Flanagan has called on the Government to follow through on one of his party’s pre-election promises to (...)

Brendan Howlin: laid a draft order before the Dáil and Seanad

The Houses of the Oireachtas Service is seeking to speak to parties who would be interested in transcribing the proceedings of the long-awaited bankin(...)

DCU political scientist Eoin O’Malley said party leaders are using the Seanad to “manage the careers” of politicians. “You can see it is an antechamber to the Dáil, where people who want to get into the Dáil . . . will use it as a way of increasing their profile or making the fall not quite so hard for them.”

Forty per cent of Seanad members were defeated in the 2011 general election and almost two-thirds of Senators have lost out in the race for a Dáil sea(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power: said political reform under the Coalition had been “largely cosmetic” and that a rash move such as abolishing the Seanad would result in the loss of independent voices from Irish politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 70 days the electorate will decide whether or not to abolish Seanad Éireann. Now that the October 4th referendum date has been pencilled into th(...)

The Government has ruled out creating a redress scheme for former residents of the Bethany Mother and Child Home and stated that they will not be able(...)

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, published yesterday by Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton, found a majority of Irish entrepreneurs are setting up businesses that are “not particularly innovative”.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A majority of Irish entrepreneurs are setting up businesses that are “not particularly innovative and have little or no aspiration for growth”, a repo(...)

A complaint alleging that a Catholic priest was harassed by RTÉ presenter Joe Duffy during a discussion on why people might liken the Taoiseach to King Herod has been upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A complaint alleging that a Catholic priest was harassed by RTÉ presenter Joe Duffy during a discussion on why people might liken the Taoiseach to (...)

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