John O’Donoghue: Fools & Mad is a book-length poem that satirises the Celtic Tiger debacle through the mouths of 12 of Ireland’s most prominent poets, from James Joyce and WB Yeats back to Oscar Wilde, James Clarence Mangan and Brian Merriman to Mad Sweeney

Tiger. My cousins tell me of cuts to salaries in the public sector, of ghost estates knocked down before(...)

The key policy questions facing the Government are about connectivity for Ireland with Britain and the rest of the world. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

(...) welcome to the exchequer. But while upwards of €300 million would have been significant for the public(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: underlined the link between further solidarity for Greece with Athens ‘continuing to show responsibility for itself’. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

(...) demanded further reform of its civil service, public finances and wider economy. “What’s clear is that(...)

An inflated Euro sign sits in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Photograph: EPA/Arne Dedert

(...) boost to the public finances of between €300 million and €500 million by the end of the 19-month QE(...)

ECB President Mario Draghi has announced a full-scale quantitative easing programme - a move which is set to see €1.1 trillion being injected into the euro zone economy. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

(...) would ease pressure on countries to assert control over their public finances. “Rather than becoming(...)

British chancellor George Osborne, in Davos, welcomed the quantitative easing announcement but said it was not sufficient for a European recovery. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

(...), to back business in Europe, to create jobs, and to make sure public finances were in order. “We have(...)

The belated new plan must be seen through the prism of the ECB’s habitual reluctance to engage in such policies and the inevitability of friction with the economic establishment in Germany.  Photograph: Getty Images

(...) abstract.The latest ECB manoeuvres will deliver a fillip to the public finances, playing into the(...)

ECB chief Mario Draghi said the intervention would continue “until we see a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation which is consistent with our aim”. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP

Ireland’s public finances will be boosted by up to €500 million a year under the European Central(...)

I don’t know what a tracker mortgage (or quantitive easing) is

(...) countries, it may remove pressure on them to correct their public finances and reform their economies, or(...)

 Patrick Honohan, Governer of the Central Bank, who spoke at the IMF conference in  Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

(...) confidence and stabilising not only the public finances but also the economy.The rest is up to us, the Irish(...)