Michael Martin

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Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

A  customs stop on the road from Belfast to Dublin. “So we are left to picture a vaguely 1950s netherworld of peak-capped inspectors in wooden huts, completely alien to the technology and practice of modern trade and travel.” Photograph: Three Lions/Getty Images

I suppose, just for badness, I should welcome southern readers back inside the UK. That was the implication of Fianna Fáil’s statement on Monday. Re(...)

 Minister  for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at a photocall to present Budget 2017 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke

Covered in more paw prints than a Donald Trump tootsie. The lads spent all day and all night boasting about how much their hands were all over it. (...)

 Local residents walk on a part of closed A1A highway washed out by Hurricane Matthew in Flagler Beach, Florida, on October 9th, 2016. Photograph: Jewel Samad/EPA/Getty

Residents of the southeastern United States ravaged by Hurricane Matthew turned their focus on Monday toward recovery and clean-up, while Haiti start(...)

‘This week we have again seen the political potency of water charges.’

This week we have again seen the political potency of water charges. Policy on water could determine not only the length of this Government but also F(...)

Andrus Ansip, commissioner with responsibility for the Digital Single Market

The timing of European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip’s visit to Dublin could not be more politically sensitive. The former Estonian prime min(...)

When DUP leader Arlene Foster shot down Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s proposal for a forum three weeks ago, her concerns were presumed to be the normal unionist contempt for anything all-Ireland, plus paradoxical indignation at Kenny forgetting to run the idea past her first. Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP’s true objection to an all-Ireland forum has been revealed and it is so parochial it could barely squeeze a drip from a parish pump. When DUP(...)

In the past month, the euro has varied against the pound by 13.2 per cent. The exchange rate is the real hard border. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The first big idea for any all-Ireland Brexit forum to consider has come, predictably, from Scotland. There is agreement across Scottish nationalism(...)

 Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy.  The car is still speeding along and he is in no danger of catching it. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Boris Johnson and Paul Murphy have more in common than you might think. Both went to posh schools and good universities and their lives thereafter see(...)

A new opinion poll shows support for (from left) Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael, Michael Martin’s Fianna Fáil and Gerry Adams’s Sinn Féin is on the rise. Support for Independents, including Shane Ross’s Independent Alliance, has fallen sharply.

Support for Independents has fallen dramatically to just 8 per cent, according to the results of a Millward Brown opinion poll. The poll, which was(...)

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