The business of “micro-managing” a project which is only one of the most significant in the history of his Government department would be far too tedious for Big Phil, who is more interested in looking at the bigger picture. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Do you not know who they think they are? Of course not. You know nothing. On the other hand, the consultants know everything about everything. Most im(...)

Peter Breuer, Resident Representative of the IMF in Ireland walking from the Merrion Hotel in to the Deptartment of Finance today. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Government will decide before the end of the bailout in mid-December whether it will seek a special credi(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

A Cheann Comhairle,The story of insolvent Ireland is familiar to all our people and the sacrifices people have had to make in recent years are well kn(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett during a protest earlier this year against the sale of Coillte harvesting rights. He said it was clear that people cared about the sale of the country’s natural resources. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A series of walks in Coillte woodlands will be held next month to protest at proposals to sell the harvesting rights to Ire(...)

Siptu vice-president Patricia King has said today’s talks at the Labour Relations Commission have been “very exploratory”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Health service management have offered nurses a deal which would restore double-time premium rates for Sundays and public holidays in return fo(...)