His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The budget package to be announced by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe next week will be up to €1 billion, far greater than had been initially exp(...)

Eamon Morrissey as the “Minister for Hardship”

Sadness at Liam Cosgrave’s death this week was accompanied, in my case, by a vague feeling of guilt. This was because it brought back 40-year-old memo(...)

“Spend more on building houses, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure” was nominated by 52% of voters. Photograph: Getty Images

Voters want to see the Government spend available budget resources building “housing, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure”, according to an Ir(...)

Ulster Bank chief executive Gerry Mallon apologised for its treatment of affected customers, but said it could not inform customers of how much compensation they are owed until the sum is correctly calculated by the bank itself.

Two young children with Asperger’s are “still suffering to this day” because their parents were forced into debt after overpaying their tracker mortga(...)

Dara Calleary and Michael McGrath TD during the Fianna Fáil announcement of their budget priorities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil has said there will be a small decrease in the Universal Social Charge (USC) in the budget, probably in tandem with an increase in the thr(...)

‘International pay-TV companies  have made massive monies on the back of free Irish-made content.’  File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In the midst of parliamentary committee deliberations one occasionally comes across an exchange which encapsulates the stark choices at the centre of (...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. The controversial grant scheme for first-time buyers is to remain almost completely unchanged in next week’s budget

The controversial grant scheme for first-time buyers is to remain almost completely unchanged in next week’s budget despite previous consideration of (...)

Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Julien Behal

Irish patients with severe lung disease are hoping to have their access to a “life-changing” drug extended. The manufacturer of Respreeza, CSL Behrin(...)

After four years of detention, Irish man Ibrahim Halawa was cleared of all charges relating to a protest in August 2013.  Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says he is very frustrated by the delays in the release of Ibrahim Halawa. However, he said he wanted to (...)