Michael Noonan

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When the huge poster was unveiled on Tuesday, Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin posed happily beside it.  Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

While Sinn Féin may be dithering over whether or not to move a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing, the selfie-loving minister has no (...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators outside Leinster House in 1983. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The referendum’s outcome brings to a close a 35-year political war that convulsed Irish politics in a succession of bitter controversies and referendu(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

Leo Varadkar expressed his concern at the weekly meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party on Wednesday night.  File photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is disappointed about leaks to the media on Cabinet discussions. Mr Varadkar expressed his concern at the weekly m(...)

The sugar tax has focused the minds of manufacturers who have been racing to market with reformulated products which will avoid the tax. Photograph: Getty Images

They’re taxing my minerals now, I hear? They are. This week a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks comes into force after spending years in the pipeline. Wh(...)

AIB chief executive Bernard Byrne and chairman Richard Pym: bank proposal entitled up to 100 senior executives to bonuses of up to 100 per cent of their salary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was beaming when he took to the steps outside his department at midday on the second-last Friday of last June. Ju(...)

Former minister for finance Michael Noonan speaks to media in September at the Department of Finance. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It’s four years since AIB’s then chairman, David Hodgkinson, made a failed attempt to persuade the minister for finance of the day, Michael Noonan, to(...)

Your property tax bill is not going to shoot up over the next couple of years, despite the rapid rise in house prices. That is unless you are one of t(...)

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe will have to decide how to play this one. Does he have to give some ground in the short term and hope to fight off the more serious measures ? Or does he just say “no”? Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

We are now facing a threat to our corporate tax regime, or parts of it at least, that is shaping up as the most serious seen in recent years. The tax (...)

‘Moral panic over vulture funds is only delaying the end of the arrears crisis.’

In 2011 at the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle, former US president Bill Clinton sauntered onstage and delivered some home truths. Among (...)

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