Rob Wright said the budgetary process was overwhelmed by programme for governments and social partnership

Inquiry told of 'startling' lack of written advice

18 Dec Former Canadian deputy finance minister Rob Wright has told the Banking Inquiry it was startling that there was very little consistent written advice in the Department Of Finance other than annual memoranda to Cabinet.

The ESRI agrees with the idea of a loan-to-value cap and a loan-to-income ratio to control mortgage lending

Conditions do not justify Central Bank plan - ESRI

17 Dec The Economic and Social Research Institute has said current conditions in the property market do not justify the introduction of a fixed higher deposit and lower loan to income ratio, as proposed by the Central Bank.

The new legislation will also prevent any worker from being victimised for bringing cases to the Labour Court

New law on workers' rights to progress

16 Dec The Cabinet has agreed to progress legislation to give greater protections and rights to workers who seek to improve their terms and conditions in companies where collective bargaining is not recognised.

The Schuman subway station during morning rush hour, empty because of the strike

Strike hits public transport in Belgium

08 Dec A strike against austerity measures introduced by Belgium's new government has paralysed public transport and caused havoc with international flights and train services in the capital this morning.

Northern Ireland's Attorney General claimed there was evidence of criminal fraud under the relevant legislation

North's AG in Bank of Scotland fraud claims

08 Dec Northern Ireland's Attorney General has claimed that Bank of Scotland may have committed criminal fraud in how it dealt with some customers who fell into mortgage arrears.

Joan Burton said the Irish people should be repaid before unsecured bondholders

Burton rules out repaying junior bondholders

07 Dec Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has ruled out the possibility of junior bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank getting a payout from the liquidation of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.