Charlie Mccreevy

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A weak campaign by mainstream parties can leave a vacuum ready for filling by interest groups from wider civil society. Photograph: Alan Betson

An outside observer could be forgiven for thinking that we like referendums. We certainly have had a lot of them (34 to date) and are about to have a (...)

 Charlie McCreevy: had referred to voluntary organisations  and the sector as the “poverty  industry”

Voluntary organisations that exist simply to perpetuate themselves are known within the public service as the “poverazzi industry”, according to a sen(...)

Setting up the National Pension Reserve Fund was one of  Charlie McCreevy’s  better decisions as minister for finance. Photograph: Frank Miller

A sovereign wealth fund is a nice thing to have. States enjoying windfalls often set up such funds. The Irish State enjoyed huge windfall tax gains fr(...)

Michael Somers: “There’s no point, when you’re starving, saving for an event that’s going to occur decades into the future.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The former head of the National Treasury Management Agency, Michael Somers, has welcomed the Government’s decision to transfer the remaining €6.4 bil(...)

Marriage bar: between 1933 and 1973 woman teachers had to retire if they married. Photograph: Hans Wild/Time & Life Pictures/Getty

As Ireland’s 860,000 or so working women set off each day, few are likely to spare a thought for how much life has changed since the marriage bar ende(...)

Paddy Hackett from Naas, studying the form, on the second day of the Punchestown Racing Festival.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Into each race meeting, a little rain must fall. It was too much to expect after Tuesday’s gloriously sunny opener to the National Hunt Festival at(...)

Seán Fleming: ‘No politician has anything to fear’ from a banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The long-promised Oireachtas inquiry into the banking collapse is unlikely to take place until late next year at the earliest because of a serious (...)

A relatively unknown American securities and derivatives trading company is to move its European headquarters from George’s Do(...)

A chara, – Once again we have a government that blatantly ignores its constitutional duty to value the work of mothers who choose to take time (...)

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