Mike Bloomberg at Bloomberg on  Harcourt Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The three-time former mayor of New York City, serial flirter with US presidential bids and 11th richest man in the world has got his emerald tie on. (...)

 Oisín Quinn of Labour:  “There’s a huge number of things that a lot of cities do themselves and the time I think has come for Dublin to be given the opportunity to take a leap forward in terms of how it is run.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The current phase of the debate on a directly elected mayor for Dublin is coming rapidly to a head. At issue right now is whether Dubliners get to vot(...)

Minister for finance Brian Lenihan:  took charge of the State coffers just as “the building boom was coming to a shuddering end”.

It is like a scene from another world. In New York, the Lehman bankruptcy brings the capitalist system close to collapse. Giant banks and insurers tee(...)