‘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(...)

During the Mahon tribunal in 2008, Gráinne Carruth admitted sterling amounts had been lodged to accounts associated with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The husband of Bertie Ahern’s former secretary has said he and his wife bought St Luke’s in Drumcondra because they were looking for a bigger family h(...)

Ivor Callely. File Photograph: Courts Collins

The State must pay former politician Ivor Callely’s legal costs of his successful High Court challenge over the Minister for Justice’s refusal to gran(...)

Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)

Ethna Tinney, former independent non-executive director at EBS arriving at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ethna Tinney. How did that woman get on to the board of a major financial institution? What were the lads thinking? Wouldn’t you think the banking hot(...)

Protesters at an Anti-Water Charges Rally in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The latest twist in the Irish Water saga is a huge political embarrassment for the Coalition. To make matters worse there is nothing the parties in go(...)