‘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(...)

Judge Patrick McCartan outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge Patrick McCartan (62) was best known in the earlier part of his career as a left-wing politician and as principal of a prominent criminal law pr(...)

Lorries queue along the M20 in Kent outside Ashford, south east of London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA 1:04

British prime minister David Cameron’s description of migrants trying to reach Britain as a “swarm” has been condemned as “inflammatory” and “disgrace(...)

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(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

April 2009 Fine Gael suggests a new utility called Irish Water as part of its NewERA strategy.   November 2010 Fianna Fáil-led governm(...)

An undated photograph of Lord Sewel who has quit the House of Lords and apologised for his behaviour after footage emerged of him allegedly taking cocaine with two prostitutes. Photograph: EPA

Lord Sewel has quit the House of Lords and apologised for his behaviour after footage emerged of him allegedly taking cocaine with two prostitutes. Th(...)

Lord Sewel has been suspended from the Labour Party following allegations that he took drugs with prostitutes. Photographs: PA

Lord Sewel has been suspended from the British Labour Party following allegations that he took drugs with prostitutes. The peer remained a member of t(...)

Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State has spent more than €700 million in the past five years on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection statu(...)