Charlie Mccreevy

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EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: delights in pointing out how difficult it will be to disentangle the UK from the EU. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Few European politicians have ever been as important to Ireland as Michel Barnier, a silver-haired, urbane Frenchman. How he conducts the Brexit nego(...)

 Former minister for education Michael Woods announced on October 3rd, 2000 that the government was setting up a redress scheme. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Oblates, and others of the 18 religious congregations concerned, may feel like King Canute on the shore fighting off a particularly filthy modern (...)

A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity was necessary to correct Ireland’s public finances, but it was not responsible for the rapid recovery of the country’s economy subsequently,(...)

The rewritten section 86 importantly returns to dwelling house relief being permitted only in cases of inheritance

Just wondering if a piece you wrote last week on the issue of new rules covering dwelling house relief and inheritance tax are correct when you say th(...)

Colleagues say Barnier is far from the arch-federalist bureaucrat that enemies portray. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

In 2010 the Daily Telegraph ran a story about France’s European Union commissioner at the time. It didn’t pull any punches, its headline asking, “Mich(...)

Long live the king?  Bertie Ahern is to be invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

June 1977 Bertie Ahern, a 25- year-old accounts clerk at the Mater hospital in Dublin, stands for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency of Dub(...)

Donald Trump and US vice-president-elect Mike Pence, whose grandfather was Irish. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Ah sure, he’s not the worst. And didn’t his people pay our people an enormous compliment by getting him to call Enda Kenny before he lifted the phone (...)

One of the few constants in Irish life has been a disparaging public attitude towards TDs and Senators. In the early days of the State, the usual comp(...)

The notion of a prudent Budget appeared threadbare after Michael Noonan announced a package of measures in the Dáil stretching the so-called “fiscal s(...)

Budget 2017: Paschal Donohoe and Michael Noonan are faced with a difficult financial balancing act. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Remember the Charlie McCreevy budgets? McCreevy was minister for finance from 1997 to 2004, when the economy went through its most spectacular growth.(...)

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