John Bruton: his view that government finances should be likened to those of the ordinary household is wrong. A government can have positive or negative effects, sometimes huge, on an economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

While we bask in one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, there are emerging signals of fragility from enough sources to remind us not to ta(...)

John Bruton: ‘The Department of Health, has been responsible for 70 per cent of the breaches in the ceilings (which altogether totalled over €600 million)’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

We will only have an intelligent debate about spending and taxation in the forthcoming Irish general election if we know that spending and revenue est(...)

Charles J Haughey was the last taoiseach who announced his intention of leading on in government for the foreseeable future. He was gone within months(...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

‘On Tuesday when the Taoiseach began to tell the Dáil that he has “been a supporter for a very long time of the idea that Dáil questions should be answered as fully and as completely as possible” the Opposition laughed in his face.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In January 1992, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, while chairing the long and expensive beef tribunal felt compelled to make the following observation: “If t(...)

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are each paid €80,810 annually. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed in th(...)

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed to th(...)

Lucinda Creighton: the luminous Woman in White at the launch of the new party Renua. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 12:26

At least it’s a start. Ireland’s new political party is off the fence and walking the walk in a virtuous circle, holding a new conversation wit(...)

Fianna Fail raised $116,500 when Bertie Ahern was leader and taoiseach but the party’s US fundraising efforts petered out thereafter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Declared donations collected in the US by Fianna Fáil over the past three decades amount to a tenth of what Sinn Féin raised from donors in the US du(...)

John Bruton: echoed sentiments voiced by Angela Merkel. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Germans are a much misunderstood lot, according to former taoiseach John Bruton. It is a mistake to think that their adherance to the doctrine of (...)