Labour Minister Joan Burton:  said at the weekend she believed that Ireland had “reached its limits of austerity” and that ordinary people were “shouldering too much of the burden”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government intends to make a major concession to middle-income taxpayers in the October budget as part of a strategy to de(...)

Small and medium size enterprises are not primarily concerned with access to credit as the chief barrier to growth, a conference heard today. (...)

Alan Shatter: will launch the guidelines with the Insolvency Service of Ireland. Photograph: Mac Innes Photography/Department of the Taoiseach via Getty Images

Long-awaited guidelines on living standards for insolvent debtors will be published in Government Buildings tomorrow afternoon. Last mont(...)

A leg up: fee-paying schools are seen to give students an advantage. St Michael’s College and Blackrock College clash in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Should the state support fee-paying schools? This question is arguably the most divisive in Irish education today, pitting parent against parent, t(...)

Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men – the film cast an important light on the jury system - all male – and the dynamics of its debate.

It’s one of the key principles of the Republic’s courts system: that, subject to specific exemptions, nobody shall be tried on any crimi(...)

Seán Fleming: ‘No politician has anything to fear’ from a banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The long-promised Oireachtas inquiry into the banking collapse is unlikely to take place until late next year at the earliest because of a serious (...)

Central Bank governer Patrick Honohan: due to speak today.

Senior figures from global finance and the European institutions are meeting behind closed doors in Dublin today ahead (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Fairyhouse racecourse last year with Grand National-winning  jockey Andrew Thornton.  But has the Government backed the wrong horse in the economy stakes? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Outwardly, the State wears the sober clothes and stern expression of an austere Victorian accountant. It affects the pitiless but nobly determined (...)

A final decision on the adjustment of Ireland and Portugal’s bailout loans will not be reached until the May meeting of Europe(...)

The Department of Finance has linked up with Microsoft and Dell to hold a fully paperless meeting of European Union ministers and governors as part(...)

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