“What’s wrong with taxing inherited wealth? It’s about the most progressive and least economically damaging kind of taxation there is.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto 2:36

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is sick of hearing about “hard choices” from people with great salaries, ample expenses and luxurious pensions. So l(...)

Patrick’s Hill viewed from Patrick Street in  Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Some 18 former lords mayor of Cork have warned that the city will cease to function if it loses its powers to self-govern. The 18, from Fianna Fái(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Legal proceedings brought by businessman Denis O’Brien against a Dáil committee represent a threat to democracy, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sa(...)

Former  Fianna Fáil TD Conor Lenihan is photographed in RTÉ watching his party leader Micheál Martin being interviewed. Mr Lenihan on Monday said he would consider running for the Dáil again if approached by the party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Former minister of state Conor Lenihan has said he would consider running for Fianna Fáil again if asked by the party. Mr Lenihan, a brother of the la(...)

Hundreds of thousands of mortgage holders are set lose a key tax relief on their monthly repayments. According to figures provided by Minister for Fi(...)

‘Somehow reform is off the agenda and the link between what we spend and how we pay for it is lost.’ Above, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

So let’s fill in the good week/bad week box for the Government. Good week – the latest Central Statistics Office figures show we have the fastest grow(...)

 European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has accused Sinn Féin of running a parallel programme of commemorations for Easter Rising 2016.

Éamon Ó Cuív has accused Sinn Féin of attempting to run a parallel programme to the State programme of commemorations for Easter Rising 2016. Sinn (...)

Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin: seeking ‘urgent response’ to claim made by Mike Aynsley. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The final report by the Oireachtas banking inquiry is facing a delay of up to six weeks and is unlikely to be completed until early 2016. The delay m(...)

Brian Ó Domhnaill: investigation on hold for three years after he launched a legal challenge. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Standards in Public Office Commission investigation into alleged duplication of expenses claims by Fianna Fáil senator Brian Ó Domhnaill may resum(...)