Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: ‘We did it in a very different way from the Greeks . . . But we got spectacular success.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As the pre-election demands from Syriza ran into European realpolitik in recent weeks, those in the Coalition have exuded a degree of satisfaction.(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Economic Management Council drew up contingency plans for the collapse of the euro when the single currency entered its most serious period of cr(...)

A senior Fine Gael figure has said it is time for Irish political parties to think about reviving Charlie McCreevy’s National Pension Reserve Fund.Du(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the sight of him smirking and whispering to Frances Fitzgerald while the Opposition were asking serious questions deeply irritated them. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s rather dispassionate approach is driving the Opposition mad. Dr Leo often sounds like those GPs who, having listened to a patient’s com(...)

A drone nearly collided with a jet at Heathrow airport last December: many drone operators – both recreational and commercial – are ignorant of regulations or deliberately flout them.  Photograph: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Long-awaited rules on drone use, issued last week by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), will clear the way for greater business activities with the(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Our economy is growing; our public finances are under control. Jobs are being created.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has held the door open to a Fine Gael-Labour Coalition backed by Independents if the result of the next election i(...)

Ray Butler, a deputy for Meath West, said he and his family were intimidated by the incident which took place, at his home and constituency office in Trim, Co Meath.

A Fine Gael TD who this week said a group of 30 protesters gathered outside his home has warned his colleagues they too will be targeted soon.Ray Butl(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: decision to axe Expressway routes ‘huge setback for citizens in rural Ireland’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mass movement was a popular theme on Tuesday. In the Dáil, Gerry Adams worried about the national bus system. Ruth Coppinger was outraged at the ja(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Pascal Donohue with John O’Mahony TD speaking at the Dáil on the Government’s position on IAG’s proposal to make an offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

For a deal that looked to be a non-runner a few weeks ago, the potential sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG)(...)

Michelle Mulherin TD has paid back a total of €3,295 for a number of phonecalls she made to Kenya from her Dáil office. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Michelle Mulherin TD has paid back a further €1,295 of the cost of a series of calls she made to Africa from her Dáil office between 2011 and 2013. Th(...)