“If Labour can hold its nerve, stay focussed, and navigate cleverly between its twin positions of government partner and sensible left-wing option, it will survive the expected storm. Keeping Alan Kelly out of national sight is an essential element of this plan”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

(...) health services, childcare, housing and the rest. When the parties respond with spending commitments(...)

(...) pay packets and services are being cut. The economy is remarkably strong now. The Coalition deserves(...)

A protester holds a sign reading in Czech “Stop Islam and stop Merkel”, during an anti-Islam rally in front of Prague Castle. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

(...)-Muslims, and banned Christian services that had been held there for almost 2,000 years. Like the similarly(...)

(...) fundamentally affect how our State can continue to borrow at reasonable rates to fund public services and to(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the main street of Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, during a general election canvassing stop. Photograph: Alan Betson

(...)’s television debate. He has struck a political chord with his focus on public services and fairness in society(...)

The Turkish Oncupinar crossing gate near Kilis. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Research this week. The war has put enormous pressure on health services on both sides of the border. As(...)

Former finance minister  Brian Lenihan and ex-Department of Finance chief Kevin Cardiff: Mr Cardiff  received “low- key messages” from Mr Cowen’s staff to be “sensitive” to Mr Lenihan’s  situation.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The former secretary general of the Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff revealed how he was asked to report to taoiseach Brian Cowen if he felt Brian(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Fine Gael manifeso proposes caps on the amount patients have to spend on drugs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

(...) minor surgery and direct access to X-ray and other diagnostic services. Fine Gael in its first year in(...)

Wetlands: a home for wildlife, including newts. Illustration: Michael Viney

(...) earth, of re-creating one of its generous ecosystem services. At its most ambitious an integrated(...)

Methodist notes

(...) services and for individual devotions. The latter, Count Your Blessings, is available for both adults and(...)