Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I’m 75½ now, going on 76,” he says with a kind of amused gurgle, followed by a hacking cough. His health is fragile enough, compounded by a bad co(...)

This book is a loving memorial to Brian Lenihan, the former minister for finance and Fianna Fáil politician. He was caught in the eye of an economi(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, on the Seán O’Rourke programme on RTÉ radio today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin have completed their traditional post-budget radio i(...)

“Budget 2015 was was not a giveaway or election budget. But compared to the workhouse rations of gruel that were meted out over the past seven years, this was a bonanza budget. There can be no doubt about that.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 4:15

Compared to some of the budgets delivered by Charlie McCreevy when he was in full pomp, Budget 2015 was not a giveaway or election budget. But compare(...)

Funding for commitments to extend free GP care to over 70s and to children aged between six and 11 will have to be provided for in this budget.

The economy is not quite in a place where a Charlie McCreevy can say: “When I have it, I spend it.” But it’s certainly moving in the right direction.I(...)

Charlie McCreevy: former minister of finance. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy “just laughed” when his predecessor Ray MacSharry told him spending budget surpluses “without giving a(...)

Kathleen Reynolds follows the coffin as it is carried from the Mansion House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At nearly 10pm on Saturday night, the queue to sympathise with an exhausted Kathleen Reynolds and her family was still moving slowly up the aisle of D(...)

Crowds gather in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin, in November, 2010, as the country entered the final hours of negotiations for emergency EU and IMF loans aimed at preventing the crisis from spreading to Portugal and Spain and threatening the future of the euro. Photographs: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Two years ago, economists were still taking bets on the probability of a euro zone break-up. Today the threat of a currency collapse has receded. T(...)

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy formally presented the controversial decentralisation programme to Cabinet colleagues hours before unveiling his 2004 Budget in the Dáil, Freedom of Information (FoI) records show.

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy formally presented the controversial decentralisation programme to Cabinet colleagues hours before unv(...)

What are the rules (or where can I find them?) about transferring a family home to a child to avail of the inheritance tax exemption for the family ho(...)