The vacancy at the Central Bank of Ireland arose when governor Philip Lane moved to the European Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The competition to find the next governor of the Central Bank has been narrowed down to a shortlist of four candidates, including bookies’ favourite, (...)

John Fell, the longest-serving Irish staff member at the ECB, is understood to be among individuals who put their names forward for the Central Bank governorship.

The most senior Irish member of staff at the European Central Bank (ECB) and the deputy secretary general of the Department of Health have emerged as (...)

The NHS is underfunded by rich-world standards. It also contains inefficiencies that would be quaint if the cost was not human life. Photograph: Will Oliver

In the end, British prime ministers embrace foreign affairs as an escape from the pettifogging chore of domestic politics. The glamour and decorum off(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond. Expect some well-intentioned futility in his budget on Wednesday. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

In a normal country in normal times, politics revolves around the size of the state, the extent of borrowing and the weight of the tax burden. In Brit(...)

The PSNI chief constable George Hamilton (l) told the North’s Policing Board today that he can’t guarantee he will be able to implement the cuts of £51.4 million that the Department of Justice has demanded from him. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The PSNI chief constable George Hamilton has warned that he can no longer afford to maintain his current force of just under 7,000 officers. Deliverin(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has called for a fresh round of intensive political talks in the region to address the budget problems and outstanding peace process disputes over flags, parades and the legacy of the past. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The British Treasury has been formally informed the Northern Ireland Executive is set to bust its budget.The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Serv(...)

A break with sterling?
  • UK
  • February 17, 2014, 01:00

Scotland’s independence debate is not really about casting it adrift to run its own affairs, but, in an age of interdependence, about how many (...)

Deputy first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon speaking on Scottish independence at University College London on February 13th. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The Scottish National Party has insisted that the UK’s biggest political parties are “bluffing” in their threat that Scotland will not be allow(...)