Michael Noonan

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“The biggest risk is that the housing market once again spirals out of control.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland accounts for just 0.4 per cent of the global economy. But outside interest massively outweighs that tiny world GDP share – given the ubiquity (...)

Over the past decade, 356,600 Irish-born people have emigrated. Photograph: iStock

Michael Noonan’s quip in 2012 about emigration being a “free choice of lifestyle” for young people must be one of the most defining quotes of the rece(...)

What would be the basic goals of the rainy day fund? To smooth out economic ups and downs? Or would it be a piggy bank only to be smashed open in an emergency?

There is a long tradition of interviews with the Taoiseach and senior Government Ministers over the Christmas period. This year a key message from the(...)

Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy leaving the High Court after the judgment awarding them £20,000 damages each. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The saga of the improper telephone tapping of journalists Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold, by the Garda Síochána on the instructions of the Haughe(...)

 New minister for finance Ray MacSharry unveiling his budget on March 31st, 1987

When Charles Haughey took power in March 1987, having campaigned on the slogan that spending cuts hurt the poor, the old and the sick, he proceeded to(...)

Immediately after the leadership contest was called, a raft of senior Ministers came out backing Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

It has been a roller coaster ride over the past year in Irish politics with a change of Taoiseach, the resignation of a tánaiste, a series of politica(...)

Paschal Donohoe: the “magical mediocrity of sustained average rates of growth” is what enables countries to plan for the future, the Minister for Finance says. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Steady. Unspectacular. Dull. Boring, even. These are the ambitions of Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s young Minister for Finance, as he ponders his steward(...)

Iliad and fellow Xavier Niel-controlled telecoms firm NJJ are set to take a 64.5 per cent stake early next year. Photograph: Maxwells

As French billionaire Xavier Niel circled Eir in recent months, before agreeing to take a majority stake the phone company through two companies he co(...)

Amhrán na bhFiann displayed prior to a match in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sanctions for inappropriate use of the national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann, will be discussed in the Seanad on Tuesday. Its music and wording were use(...)

Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley said the case raised issues of “exceptional public importance”

Four shareholders who lost their High Court challenge to the State’s recapitalisation of Irish Life & Permanent under emergency law are entitled t(...)

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