Michael Noonan

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Permanent TSB: about 28 per cent of its mortgage loans are classed as nonperforming. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Damned if they do and damned if they don’t. That’s the way Irish banks view the furore about their planned sales of nonperforming mortgage loans – abo(...)

Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley. Cairn is Dublin-centred and almost half of its investment has been on sites within the M50. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There will be little or no apartment supply in Ireland over the next few years, Cairn Homes has warned the Department of Finance. In a meeting held (...)

Deputy leader of the Labour Party  Barry Desmond (right) with party leader  Dick Spring, in 1987. Mr Desmond, who represented Dún Laoghaire, recalls being denounced by priests from the altar. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: accepted there was a need for some change but wanted protection for the unborn and the mother. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, has expressed concern about the rights of the unborn if the Eighth Amendment is repealed and abortion up to 12 weeks is p(...)

 Peter Sutherland foretold in 1983 of unintended legal consequences, medical uncertainty and unpredictable Supreme Court rulings arising from the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Jack McManus

Peter Sutherland, whose funeral took place this week, was a central figure in the drama surrounding the introduction of the Eighth Amendment of the Co(...)

The Government’s move to offer €20,000 tax rebates to help first-time homebuyers purchase properties has led to a 50% increase in the number of such buyers getting on the property ladder. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Government’s move to offer €20,000 tax rebates to help first-time homebuyers purchase properties has led to a 50 per cent increase in the number o(...)

“The biggest risk is that the housing market once again spirals out of control.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland accounts for just 0.4 per cent of the global economy. But outside interest massively outweighs that tiny world GDP share – given the ubiquity (...)

Over the past decade, 356,600 Irish-born people have emigrated. Photograph: iStock

Michael Noonan’s quip in 2012 about emigration being a “free choice of lifestyle” for young people must be one of the most defining quotes of the rece(...)

What would be the basic goals of the rainy day fund? To smooth out economic ups and downs? Or would it be a piggy bank only to be smashed open in an emergency?

There is a long tradition of interviews with the Taoiseach and senior Government Ministers over the Christmas period. This year a key message from the(...)

Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy leaving the High Court after the judgment awarding them £20,000 damages each. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The saga of the improper telephone tapping of journalists Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold, by the Garda Síochána on the instructions of the Haughe(...)

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