A new government will be radically different from anything we have seen in the State

The old joke goes that the best way of spreading a story is to tell a politician a secret. Like journalists, many of the political class are terrible (...)

It would not be as dramatic as another Rising, but it would make those words on the tattered green flag - Irish Republic - more than a broken dream.

In all probability, we are facing the political equivalent of one of those Depression-era dance marathons. The choreography will be more Lanigan’s Bal(...)

 Irish officials collaborating with European counterparts on whether  overseas e-retailers are using Amazon and eBay to avoid paying the State VAT on products sold to Irish consumers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hungarian venture The Turley family has bought out US firm Fagen’s 50 per cent share of their joint venture, Ethanol Europe Renewables, says the Sun(...)

Michael McNamara. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow the President will convene the Council of State to consider the International Protection Bill. The Dáil considered only 16 of the Bill’s 81 s(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The economy will have reached safe haven within two years, the Minister for Finance has said. Michael Noonan said the biggest risk Ireland faces is e(...)

  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “If ATM machines actually ran out of money, there was quite clearly security considerations and there were discussions about what might be done.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Senior Coalition ministers discussed increasing security at banks and ATMs when the euro crisis was at its worst, Minister for Finance Michael Noona(...)

The only new tax increase to be announced by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will be an increase in the price of tobacco.

An increase by at least 20 cent on the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes is likely to be the only tax increase announced by Minister for Finance Mi(...)

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton said the Economic Management Council - made up of herself as Tánaiste, the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform - would meet on Wednesday night to discuss Budget 2016. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government will meet on Thursday to finalise the details of next week’s Budget. The Cabinet will hold a meeting at 8am to put the finishing touche(...)

Still waiting . James Reilly at a 2011 press conference committed to abolishing the HSE by 2016 and delivering a Dutch style universal health insurance system.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Anyone who’s ever had children will remember the moment. You walk into a room and find your lovely three-year-old radiating bliss. He looks at you and(...)

Colm O’Reardon (second from left) is a brother of Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former economic adviser to ex-tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is set to take up a senior civil service position in the Department of Health. Colm O’Reardo(...)