Cliff Taylor

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Protections may continue to apply, but that doesn’t mean nothing changes. Image: iStock

Ulster Bank’s decision to sell more than 900 residential mortgage as part of the sale of a package of loans which will probably be bought by a vulture(...)

Donal Donovan: A lack of independent regulation by the Central Bank and Financial Regulator in the past was one of the roots of the crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The independence of the Central Bank must be protected and the recent proposed legislation on mortgage rate caps threatens to undermine this, accordin(...)

It was heartening to hear a Bank of Ireland shareholder rage at the obnoxious pair “Rachel and Steve” at that institution’s recent annual general meet(...)

Landlords complain that renting is not an economical business for many, due to high taxes and charges, even with rents rising. Building of houses by local authorities collapsed during the bust, so there is little additional supply of public housing.

The increase in rents in the latest figures is not a one-off. Rental costs bottomed out in late 2011/early 2012. Gradual increases in rents in the fi(...)

Greenway in Westport: “Do we really need to allocate €100m to the Wild Atlantic Way and Greenways? It may be a good investment, but I doubt anyone has done the sums.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Are we the electorate that wants to have it every way? We say we want politicians to act in the national interest, but expect them to “look after” the(...)

The outgoing government had planned to sell 25 per cent of AIB onto the market later this year, and this can still go ahead, though no commitment is given in the document to proceed.

The State will not sell off any more than 25 per cent of AIB before 2019, according to the draft programme for government. The plan also commits to a(...)

Micheal Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Of course, the document on the deal between the two parties contains the usual “motherhood and apple pie” which Irish government agreements can never avoid.

The deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will, we must presume, provide the key details of the next government’s programme. This could change a bit(...)

James Reilly, Minister for Children and Leo Varadkar Minister for Health at Crumlin Childrens Hospital to celebrate the decision by an Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the new childrens hospital on a campus shared with St. James’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland reacted quickly enough when the financial crisis hit. You could argue all day about the decisions that were taken. But the point is that the l(...)

Water protest: It would be only a small step after water charges were “suspended” to consider the same for, say, electricity bills, and then to widen the approach to other unpopular levies. Photograph: Eric Luke

As further details have emerged of the negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to allow the formation of a government and the suspension of wat(...)

Turning Irish Water back into a State agency means it will never be an independent entity and thus its finances will always be fully on the State books. Photograph: Thinkstock

Analysis Cliff Taylor There were two reasons to set up Irish Water, The first was to create a single structure to oversee and coordinate investment (...)

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