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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(...)

A long-standing tradition that serving ministers do not publicly criticise civil servants was shredded this week when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, angered (...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: under pressure from  Opposition. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was not informed of a phone call between Nóirín O’Sullivan and her Department over the adversarial legal strategy towards (...)

 Enda Kenny  with first-year students Seán Reynolds and Ellen Healy at NUI Galway where he received an honorary doctorate in laws. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“Do you like my cap?” beamed Enda Kenny as he stepped out on to NUI Galway’s quadrangle in university robes. Unrelenting Atlantic rain had cleared, a(...)

Keelin Shanley will present live coverage  of the budget speech on RTÉ.

When Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe stands up in the Dáil on Tuesday to deliver his budget, RTÉ management will be hoping for a smidgen of good (...)

President Michael D Higgins at an Áras an Uachtaráin engagement on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

During his long run-up to assuming the leadership of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar remarked that anything he said or did would be viewed through the prism o(...)

USI president Michael Kerrigan and his colleagues. Photograph: Paul Corey

Working out of a tiny corner office overlooking Dublin Port, it is hard to believe that the eight staff and 10 full-time officers of the Union of Stud(...)

Eoghan Murphy has been Minister for Housing for two months and is unlikely to last any longer than any of his predecessors.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We are now on our fourth Minister for the environment and/or housing since 2011. That’s an average of 15 months per minister. There are relegation-thr(...)

Denis Naughten: Doesn’t expect the first homes to be connected until at least 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fresh doubts have emerged about the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) following another apparent shift in the Government’s timeline for de(...)

Broadband network being installed. The National Broadband Plan  to equip 542,000 rural homes and businesses with high-speed broadband has been beset with problems and delays. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has signalled a further delay to the National Broadband Plan (NBP), which was first promised in 2012, by at(...)

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