Dr Sean Barrett said a report in 2010 found that only 39 of the Department of Finance’s 542 staff were economists trained to a masters level or higher - less than 10 per cent of the department’s total staff.

The lack of obvious economic expertise within the Irish banking sector increases the likelihood that Ireland could see a repeat of the property bubble(...)

Housing and homeless protest outside Dáil Éireann today.

Protesters called for emergency measures to tackle the escalating housing and homeless crisis outside Dáil Éireann today as the Budget was set to b(...)

Newly elected TD Michael Fitzmaurice pictured with Sinn Féin candidate, Martin Kenny. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Success came swiftly on Triple Crown Saturday but, in the time-honoured style of political coronations, Michael Fitzmaurice waited until the last minu(...)

A group of women with their children outside the Four Courts last week demonstrating in support of midwife Philomena Canning who had her insurance refused by the HSE. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Home birth campaigners are to protest outside the Dáil this week over the treatment of independent midwife Philomena Canning. The HSE withdrew Ms Cann(...)

This week’s visit was Enda Kenny’s third  to the United States this year, and he is due back in New York  in November for a business dinner. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wrapped up a speech to a group of Irish millennial emigrants at a reception in New York City on Tuesday night, telling them that (...)

Tadhg Kilbride (2), from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath on the third and final day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Leader of the Opposition stands in a marquee, in the middle of a farm, at the height of Ireland’s biggest agricultural showcase. He has an importa(...)

History being rewritten ? .... Father Edward Daly runs down the street with an injured man on “Bloody Sunday’ January 30th, 1972. “The young people who swarmed into the IRA in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday ... were behaving in a rational way and at considerable risk to themselves...”

Gerry Adams’s insistence that the Provisional IRA had been “law abiding” throughout its 25-year “armed struggle” will have struck many as implausible.(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)

People taking legal action over being abused while attending day schools should become more proactive, Louise O’Keeffe has urged . Photo Garrett White / Collins Court

People taking legal action over being abused while attending day schools should become more proactive to force the Government to address the issue of (...)

Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches have already been made to him.

Independent Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has refused to say if he will join a political party before the next general election and whether approaches h(...)