‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)

‘For the Government, the game is to take hold of the ball and, above all, avoid any more train-wrecks like Irish Water’.

So here is the case for a November election. The budget will be just out, the economy will – most probably – still be on the up, and, crucially, the G(...)

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Senior Coalition figures believe changes will have to be made to the structure of water charges to help “draw a line” under controversies surrounding (...)

Minister for Transport and Tourism Paschal Donohoe has warned the tourist industry against a return to “any perception of rip-off Ireland”.

Minister for Transport and Tourism Paschal Donohoe has warned the tourist industry against a return to “any perception of rip-off Ireland”. He said th(...)

Some 140,000 people have had their salaries or pensions reduced at source for failing to pay the property tax. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Thousands of taxpayers who significantly undervalued their homes in property tax returns face being targeted by the Revenue Commissioners. Some 140,00(...)

The announcement late on Monday that Google was going to restructure under a new umbrella company called Alphabet was the biggest shock in the technol(...)

Since the crash, banks have been hesitant to lend to builders even as borrowing costs for banks plunge. (Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times)

Alan Merriman used to chase Irish real-estate developers around Dublin, competing with other bankers to lend them money before the market’s crash dev(...)

The Stormont inquiry comes after independent TD Mick Wallace raised concerns during leaders’ questions last month.

The Stormont finance committee investigating the £1bn sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland loan book to US company Cerberus is seeking legal advice over wh(...)

Claims at the banking inquiry by the former chief executive of the Irish Banking Resolution Corporation have been formally forwarded to the Commission(...)

“What’s wrong with taxing inherited wealth? It’s about the most progressive and least economically damaging kind of taxation there is.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto 2:36

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is sick of hearing about “hard choices” from people with great salaries, ample expenses and luxurious pensions. So l(...)