‘Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is well aware that a tax on rezoned land profits, introduced after one of the biggest property crashes in global history, was not going to generate revenue in the short term’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most despicable aspects of the Celtic Tiger era was the enormous amount of money made from bad planning decisions, driven by the highly pol(...)

Maíria Cahill, the grandniece of leading IRA figure Joe Cahill,   photographed at Leinster House today. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin joined a victim of sexual abuse today in accusing Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams of “despicable behaviour” in denying (...)

For many voters, the political thought processes really only crystallise close to polling day, with many making their minds in the final day. That’s why you will see that late opinion polls are often the most accurate.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Politicians always say they are not influenced by opinion polls and will invariably employ the cliché learned in Evasive Answers 101: “Opinion polls a(...)

The Arbour Hill housing scheme, devised by architects Collins Maher Martin, will sit comfortably with the scale of other homes in the area.

A ready-to-go site for 25 two- and three-storey houses at Arbour Hill on North Circular Road in Dublin 7 is expected to attract a broad range of inte(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin with   Labour Leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton   at the Labour Party pre-autumn parliamentary meeting in Whites Hotel Wexford . Howlin has already given his cabinet colleagues a bit of a dressing down for making spending demands that far exceed the available resources. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

The staggering scale of the economic turnaround revealed by the latest growth figures could be a lifeline for the beleaguered Coalition but the recove(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: would now look at changes likely to take place following the referendum. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Relief was the prevailing sentiment among Government politicians in Dublin at the decision of the Scottish people to vote against independence.During (...)

The Minister and the language

A chara, – Aidan Doyle, in his rather downbeat article “Irish language is not a part of us – it must be learned” (July 19th), is quite wrong in implyi(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: interview showed her rewriting the past

The Dáil adjourned for the summer recess with a publicity stunt from Sinn Féin which served as a reminder to all the other parties of just what a ruth(...)

Ministers and other members of the Oireachtas outside the Department of the Taoiseach’s office yesterday after the announcement of the new Cabinet. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It was as well that there were some surprises when Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled the new Cabinet in the Dáil yesterday because the weeks of interminab(...)

Clare Daly: “Evidence of unlawful Garda activity towards Ian Bailey has been known by this State since 2001 and the DPP’s report.”

The Commission of Investigation into the recording of telephone calls at Garda stations will cost €2 million this year, accord(...)