Let’s build: €15 billion of  bank capital should be invested in Irish infrastructure over the coming years – in social housing, public transport, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and human skills.

There is a simple solution to directly funding an immediate major social housing programme and other infrastructure. It is to use the billions already(...)

Any time a child starts to use a new technology, such as a smartphone,  as a parent you must take time to get to know the technology yourself first. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 11-year-old daughter is pushing to have her own smartphone to play games and to email her friends. I have resisted so far because, to be honest, (...)

The sit out took place at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street  in the days running up to Christmas. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

The 2015 Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street was the most successful ever yielding a record €41,400 for charity, the larg(...)

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Did you start off 2016 full of good fitness intentions? Maybe you even got stuck in and rode on the wave of January motivation. But with the mornings (...)

In the days before Budget 2016, the Government announced its intention to have a large and unexpected increase in spending for 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

After the harrowing crisis years, the Irish economy is now experiencing an impressive recovery. Real GDP growth is forecast to reach 6.2 percent this (...)

Maintenance works near the old ECB centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The Troika will raise concerns over planned Coalition spending during their visit. Photograph: by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

The Government is to face questions from the troika next week over the scale of spending envisaged in the budget, amid concerns that next year’s fisca(...)

In early 2007, then-taoiseach Bertie Ahern stood up at a Fianna Fáil ardfheis and read out what was essentially his party’s economic manifesto for the(...)

‘Children have a right to attend inclusive public schools.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At a recent meeting with Atheist Ireland, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Education personally apologised to atheist parent Derek Walsh, whose chil(...)

The European Commission has questioned the Government’s plan to increase spending and cut taxes in next year’s budget, calling for a “more ambitious b(...)

Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Dominic Hannigan launch Labour’s Stability Treaty campaign in 2012: Ireland is expected to exit the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact  next year.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has come a long way since the worst days of the crisis. However, whether the country emerges stronger or weaker from the tumult will be determ(...)