Independent technical group TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Shane Ross, Catherine Murphy, Mattie McGrath, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace after their meeting with Troika representatives at the Department of Finance in Dublin  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A ngela Merkel summed up her approach to bailouts as “a sensible mix of self-exertion and solidarity”.For the troika, this was standard operatin(...)

Robert Watt (centre), secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure: “The social safety net has done its job,” he said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

When people look back at the fiscal consolidation carried out in recent years, they will say the Government “was very successful”, the secretary gener(...)

Limerick TD Kieran O’Donnell escaped out hotel window in his pyjamas and made good his exit down fire escape. Photograph: Alan Betson

High jinks in the vicinity of St Stephen’s Green this week when two mild-mannered Fine Gael politicians found themselves confronted by an overwrought (...)