Dublin goalkeeper Cliodhna O’Connor: the two-times All Star  has announced her retirement from the intercounty team. Photograph: Inpho

On Sunday Dublin travel to CIT for their seventh-round NFL clash with their old rivals Cork knowing that in order to reach the competitions knockout s(...)

 Prof  John McHale, Chairman of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is at risk of repeating the budgetary errors of the past, the chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned. “Politics may again b(...)

 Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: concerned that  sensitive information 
– including the actual amount of the agreed budget announcement –
is being passed onto an unelected body while the Oireachtas
, and its Finance Committee,
 is kept in the dark
 about all details of the Budget until it is announced
. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance’s decision to provide sensitive economic forecasts to the Fiscal Advisory Council weeks in advance of the October Budget (...)

Professor John McHale (left)  and Donal Donovan of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, which has recommended the Government continue with spending cuts and tax increases for the next two years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government should not reduce the size of the packages of spending cuts and tax increases over the next two budgets, according Irish Fiscal (...)