Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman Seán Fleming has  insisted the Government’s capital spending plan is heavily dependent on private investment. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s capital spending plan has been dismissed as a “wish list” drawn up with the general election in mind by Fianna Fáil’s public expendit(...)

Party says domestic wealth creators not valued by the Irish State. Photograph: The Irish Times

The rate of universal social charge (USC) paid by the self-employed would be brought into line with PAYE workers under proposals from Renua. The part(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

Before the banking inquiry ...  Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern “accounted for his stewardship   with some aplomb.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The banking inquiry has not produced the fireworks and public humiliations anticipated by many, but it is all the better for that. If it induces a sen(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

File image of young asylum seekers accommodated  at Knockalisheen, Meelick, Co Clare.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The number of asylum seekers in the direct provision system has risen in the past year with the biggest increases in Balseskin reception centre in Dub(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Lucinda Creighton: the luminous Woman in White at the launch of the new party Renua. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 12:26

At least it’s a start. Ireland’s new political party is off the fence and walking the walk in a virtuous circle, holding a new conversation wit(...)