Chief Constable Simon Byrne: “The use of paramilitary attacks, beatings, breaking people’s legs, other limbs, in the name of the rule of law, is just odious.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The new PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne has raised the possibility that people involved in republican or loyalist paramilitarism would have their chi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has much less room for manoeuvre in the budget than predecessors had. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If any Minister for Finance truly wanted to abolish the boom-and-bust nature of the business cycle, a good first step would be the abolition of the an(...)

 Seán Healy: “We are a low-revenue economy, yet we are one of the richest countries in the world,” the Social Justice Ireland director  says. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government needs to raise an additional €3 billion in taxes to fund a fair and equal society, according to advocacy group Social Justice Ireland. (...)

Social Justice Ireland Sean Healy: “Investment is needed to produce a well-functioning economy, to develop inclusive labour markets, to ensure adequate income support and to ensure access to high quality services for all.”

Social Justice Ireland says a major investment programme focused on social housing and broadband must be a key priority for the Government in the nex(...)