The EU Division has returned to Iveagh House and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most powerful people in the Cabinet.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

You’re unlikely to find anyone in Iveagh House, the Dublin headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who thinks Brexit is a good idea. Yet Br(...)

Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath and Shane Ross: Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny didn’t trust them enough to share all the information they were getting out of Brussels. Photo:

Unless there is a radical resetting of relations between the two sides of the Government, there seems to be little future for the Government. A compl(...)

Fngers have already begun to wag in relation to the Government’s commitment to EU deficit and debt targets, and Enda Kenny could be forgiven for wishing the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) had waited for the Troika to depart before delivering its latest economic assessment.

The Troika returned to Dublin this week to check we can still run the economy, and there is sure to have been mixed feelings among the delegation as r(...)

Enda Kenny: Three crucial areas could decide this Government’s fate: not housing, health and water, but the role of the Dáil, transparency and accountability and Independent Ministers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some fuss has been made of Enda Kenny’s status as the first Fine Gael leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach. This detracts slightly from the legacy of (...)

Finian McGrath (left) and Shane Ross have listed affordable housing and laws to ensure judges are selected on merit among their respective promises for Government. Photograph: Collins/The Irish Times

New legislation for affordable housing and laws to ensure judges are selected on merit are among the promises set out by the Government’s two newly ap(...)

A new government will be radically different from anything we have seen in the State

The old joke goes that the best way of spreading a story is to tell a politician a secret. Like journalists, many of the political class are terrible (...)

It would not be as dramatic as another Rising, but it would make those words on the tattered green flag - Irish Republic - more than a broken dream.

In all probability, we are facing the political equivalent of one of those Depression-era dance marathons. The choreography will be more Lanigan’s Bal(...)

 Irish officials collaborating with European counterparts on whether  overseas e-retailers are using Amazon and eBay to avoid paying the State VAT on products sold to Irish consumers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hungarian venture The Turley family has bought out US firm Fagen’s 50 per cent share of their joint venture, Ethanol Europe Renewables, says the Sun(...)

Michael McNamara. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow the President will convene the Council of State to consider the International Protection Bill. The Dáil considered only 16 of the Bill’s 81 s(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The economy will have reached safe haven within two years, the Minister for Finance has said. Michael Noonan said the biggest risk Ireland faces is e(...)

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