Life’s a beach: the problem facing countries all around the world is how will they continue to pay for pension benefits at a time when the population is living longer than ever before

It is a time bomb that has yet to detonate, but all the evidence seems to suggest that it’s a case of when, not if, it will go off. The problem facin(...)

Catherine Murphy TD with candidates Anne-Marie McNally and Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Eric Luke

Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats) was first elected to the Dáil in March 2005 in the byelection to replace departing EU commissioner Fianna Fail’s C(...)

 Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has unveiled a “Save to Buy” initiative for first-time buyers

Housing will be front and centre in the general election campaign that officially kicks off today. There will be two strands to the debate: creating t(...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry findings do not bear out Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claim of three years ago that an “axis of collusion” existed between Fianna Fáil and the banks. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Often when a political party experiences an unprecedented drubbing at an election, a veteran figure is asked to undertake a warts and all assessment o(...)

Serving the national interest

Condemning Fianna Fáil for undermining the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) and failing to deliver on regional planning is old hat. But putting an effe(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

Patrick Connolly, attorney general during the time of the Malcolm Macarthur murder case.

Former attorney general Patrick Connolly, who has died at his home in Dalkey, was a central figure in one of the most extraordinary events to impinge(...)

Lucinda Creighton: Election manifesto includes eye-popping proposal to abolish USC and PRSI, and bring in a  flat rate of tax of 23 per cent.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With a general election just weeks away, Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland took the opportunity yesterday to launch its manifesto, entitled “Rewarding(...)

Mike Ashley: his sports retailer Sports Direct has been pilloried this week. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy really seems to have a knack of getting out before the proverbial brown stuff hits the fan. Not only did(...)

Aer Lingus has been sold to IAG – the owner of British Airways and Spanish flag carrier Iberia – and it has exercised its right to buy out any remaining shareholders. Photograph:  Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

My father has Aer Lingus shares having worked there for 25+ years. He retired in the early 1990s. He has chosen not to accept any offer so far. His b(...)