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What is new Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe dreaming up for October 10th?(Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

It’s just 10 short weeks until Budget Day 2018, a time when Pascal Donohoe will walk down the steps of Leinster House with a briefcase tucked under h(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe arrives for a Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

A decade ago, a recently-appointed senator commissioned a study from the Oireachtas research service which estimated that every journey on the Metro N(...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride: “We must find a different way to support older artists,” she says. “There are no plans to reduce Aosdána’s funding. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some of Ireland’s smaller arts organisations will be able to bid for three years of State funding from the Arts Council under major changes to its fun(...)

The AIB partial initial public offering  drew about €13.5bn  of orders. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

AIB’s market value rose 5.7 per cent to €12.9 billion on its first day back on the main Irish and London stock markets after 7½ years under almost com(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe addressing reporters on Friday. He said the Government must use the proceeds “to get our national debt down at a point in which we’re seeing uncertainty and risks develop elsewhere in the world”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Using the €3.4 billion raised from the AIB IPO to pay down government debt would be in the State’s best interests even if the Government weren’t oblig(...)

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

It is inconceivable that an Irish finance minister would resign on a question of principle. But Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister from Janu(...)

 John McGuinness said the appointment of Maire Whelan to the Court of Appeal could bring down the Government . Photograph:

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness said the appointment of Maire Whelan to the Court of Appeal could bring down the Government. Mr McGuinness said “it i(...)

Máire Whelan row: Backbenchers said on Saturday that solidarity on the issue could break on Tuesday after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announces minister of State appointments. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar could come under pressure from Fine Gael backbenchers if the controversy surrounding the appointment of former attorney general(...)

Earlier this year, Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced a proposal to raise an additional €200 million for the sector through increases in employer’s PRSI to the national training fund. Photograph: Istock

Employers are resisting Government plans to oblige them to contribute more to higher education through increases in a payroll levy. Earlier this year(...)

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Declan Costello, the author of Fine Gael’s Towards a Just Society, was once a TD for the part of Dublin that I now represent. It is a huge privilege t(...)

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