A gale of opprobrium blew up over comments by economist Colm McCarthy deriding any further investment in wind energy

Colm McCarthy, the clever but contrarian UCD economist, doesn’t mince his words. He prefers instead to mince the targets of his ire, which last weeken(...)

Focus Ireland and Threshold pointed out Private Residential Tenancies Board  report did not ask landlords how they would react to the introduction of rent controls. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Groups working with the homeless and housing-vulnerable have rejected the findings of a report that said rent controls would do more harm than good(...)

 An estimated 36 per cent of landlords are classified as “accidental” landlords. Some 65 per cent of them own just one property and more than 70 per cent of landlords have an outstanding debt on their property. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Wide-ranging improvements in tenants’ rights as well as a raft of measures to assist landlords are strongly recommended in a report for Government.Th(...)

Rose Hynes:  chairwoman of  Irish Water

Irish Water Rose Hynes (chairwoman) Ms Hynes is the chairwoman of both Ervia (formerly known as Bord Gáis) and Irish Water, to which she wa(...)

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: Lady Bracknell would have been justified in censuring Irish policymakers. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / Irish Times

After every financial crisis home-spun truths have a habit of reasserting themselves, according to Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan. In th(...)

Dr Tom McDonnell of the Nevin Economic Research Institute said a household with a lone adult would pay €176, with a further €102 for each extra adult

The introduction of water charges is generally regressive and, without additional policy measures, will increase poverty for the poorest members of (...)

Becoming part of the Single Electricity Market would require huge investment.  Photograph: Collins

Irish consumers face “significantly higher” prices for electricity due to efforts by the European Union to create a single European market for power, (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  giving a joint Budget 2015 press conference: a return to growth has given them room to manoeuvre. Photograph: Alan Betson

After seven lean budgets, a return to growth has allowed room to manoeuvre. Key elements contributing to this include a rise in employment, a fall in(...)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced yesterday that the Government would contribute €1.5 billion in exchequer funding by 2017.

The Government plans to build 10,000 social housing units by 2018 as part of a €2.2 billion capital investment package that could include private sect(...)

Executive chairman of the Catholic Schools Partnership  Fr Michael Drumm said there was a role for Catholic schools to be ‘relevant as a counter-cultural voice’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The educational office of the Catholic Bishops is encouraging its schools to be more assertive in upholding religious values to avoid becoming “secula(...)