Dáil reform: “It is not just the Government that will have a lot to get used to in the new Dáil – so too will the members of the Opposition.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The term “new politics” is being bandied about a lot of late, and not in a positive sense. Commentators moan about how long it took for the Government(...)

Eoghan Murphy, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, David Stanton and   Regina Doherty launching Fine Gael’s  Oireachtas Reform Programme in March. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil will not begin to function fully under sweeping parliamentary reforms until weeks before the parliamentary recess in July. The prolonged neg(...)

 Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley in the picking warehouse at the firm’s headquarters in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Under-fire retailer Sports Direct has confirmed annual profits are under further pressure after founder Mike Ashley admitted the group was “in troubl(...)

(From the right) Dr Mikael Dolsten, president, worldwide research and development of Pfizer, Ian Read, chairman and chief executive, Pfizer and Dr Rod MacKenzie, group senior vice president, and head of Pfizer pharma therapeutics research and development, Pfizer, give evidence to the Science and Technology Committee at the House of Commons, London. Photo: PA Wire

Merging Pfizer and AstraZeneca could create “a powerhouse of science” delivering “much better outcomes” for patients suffering from illnesses includin(...)

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