Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

April 2009 Fine Gael suggests a new utility called Irish Water as part of its NewERA strategy.   November 2010 Fianna Fáil-led governm(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It emerged this week that less than half of the water charge payments due in Irish Water’s first billing cycle were paid. The company collected €30.5(...)

Analysis of election spending for the last general election and subsequent byelections shows successful TDs spent an average of €18,746 campaigning. Image: Paul Scott

As our politicians gear up for the general election, many will be considering how much their campaigns will cost. Analysis of election spending(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny ... “Why the harsh tone about Greece last Sunday?”Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The politicians will soon be off on their holidays. The country is still standing. There is the odd fire but overall, the leadership is pleased with i(...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Yanis Varoufakis, the motorbike-riding, Noonan-riling, tie-eschewing former Greek finance minister gave an interesting interview published in yesterda(...)

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos talks with ministers and Syriza lawmakers attends a parliamentary session in Athens. Photograph: Reuters

A number of Irish political parties, groupings and politicians have aligned themselves to Syriza and its enigmatic leader Alexis Tsipras in the last f(...)

Pensioners reach for their queue numbers outside of the National Bank of Greece, as they wait to withdraw their benefits. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/ AFP/Getty Images

There was a well-known advert for a global fruit company running on TV for many years. It opened with soft-pan shots of an idyllic fruit farm in South(...)

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid scores a goal in the Leinster  Hurling Senior Championship final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

It was a disappointing Leinster final for anyone who thought Galway were really going to put it up to Kilkenny and test them to the point where they m(...)