James Reilly, Minister for Children and Leo Varadkar Minister for Health at Crumlin Childrens Hospital to celebrate the decision by an Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the new childrens hospital on a campus shared with St. James’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland reacted quickly enough when the financial crisis hit. You could argue all day about the decisions that were taken. But the point is that the l(...)

Water protest: It would be only a small step after water charges were “suspended” to consider the same for, say, electricity bills, and then to widen the approach to other unpopular levies. Photograph: Eric Luke

As further details have emerged of the negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to allow the formation of a government and the suspension of wat(...)

Turning Irish Water back into a State agency means it will never be an independent entity and thus its finances will always be fully on the State books. Photograph: Thinkstock

Analysis Cliff Taylor There were two reasons to set up Irish Water, The first was to create a single structure to oversee and coordinate investment (...)

‘We are in some kind of parallel universe where everyone wants to be in government, just not this time around.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s not so much a slow bicycle race, more a case of musical chairs. Everyone, it seems, hopes that when the music stops they will get a seat in oppos(...)

The Treasury Building, home to the NTMA:  the agency says it aims to raise a minimum of €6 billion this year and a maximum of €10 billion. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff/The Irish Times

The National Treasury Management Agency is to take advantage of historically low market interest rates to hold bond auctions in mid-April and mid-May(...)

Recently a group of SMEs and farmers with loans from Ulster Bank were  given until the end of this month to refinance their loans.  Photograph: Alan Betson

What do you do if your bank tells you that your loans may be sold on, if you cannot put a plan forward to refinance them by a certain date? Many bor(...)

The value of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund rose almost 11% in 2015.

AIB and Bank of Ireland had repaid 31 per cent of the bailout funds that they received from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund by the end of last (...)

Labour leader Joan Burton at the count at Phibblestown community centre, Dublin. ‘We stand on the brink of a potentially exciting economic and social programme for a new government. However, the talk is not of this, but of party political advantage.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Is it really that toxic being in an Irish government? Following the Coalition’s electoral mauling we now, as one observer put it to me this week, see (...)

 Pudsy Ryan, apparently a schoolboy character in an old missionary magazine who had trouble with his schoolwork got a mention this week.

As one observer put it to me, the Coalition may be feeling a bit like Churchill after the second World War, when the British public more or less said (...)

In a way, the parties have been given a free pass to engage in giveaway electioneering by a new concept, given a horrific name which sounds like a Star Trek episode – “the fiscal space”.

It’s like we never had an economic crisis and we are back in the Bertie Ahern days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when elections were fought on ho(...)