David McWilliams: pointed out in 2011 how Argentina has experienced years of “solid economic growth” since it defaulted.

In ancient times, people consulted tea leaves, soothsayers and the entrails of (...)

In 2009  RTE’s George Lee was chosen as a Fine Gael  candidate for the Dáil and won the contest by a landslide.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For a political party, a celebrity candidate is to an upcoming election, what a flake is to a ‘99 ice cream. You don’t really really need it but, boy,(...)

Lucinda Creighton at the Reform Alliance conference at the RDS over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A grand day out. But it went a bit sour in the end. Lucinda Creighton said she was very happy, but she didn’t look or sound it. The woman who is not t(...)

Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Reform Alliance has not discussed becoming a political party but hopes that ideas arising from its first conference can contribute to debates in t(...)

While the Reform Alliance is widely perceived to be preparing to establish itself as a party, group member Lucinda Creighton insisted the conference was not a step on the way to forming a fully-fledged political party.

The Reform Alliance group of Fine Gael dissidents has moved to widen its base and test its public appeal by calling its first political conference lat(...)

At Winter Tales, in  Dalkey: Frank McGuinness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

nChristmas is the busiest time of the year for booksellers – and readers – so it’s a bit surprising that book festivals, so abundant at other times, a(...)

Home truths: Joseph Morrin in Ballina, ‘a lovely town to live in and to visit’. Photograph: Henry Wills

I love Ballina, my home town, in Co Mayo. It is picturesque, with the beautiful River Moy running through it, and has few if any ghost estates. There (...)

June Shannon: ‘The biggest improvement on the buses is the real-time information at bus stops, which is pretty accurate.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The bus is at the bottom of the transport hierarchy. It is now languishing well below the bicycle. It was in this lowly position even before the natio(...)

An anxiety of economists was herded together in Kilkenny last weekend for the annual festival of fret-mongering and fun that is Kilkenomics. This is t(...)

Few, if any, opinion articles in this newspaper’s history captured public attention as did Morgan Kelly’s post-Christmas analysis on The Irish Times b(...)

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