Paschal Donohue

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The Minister for Finance delivering Budget 2018. Paschal Donohue today, like all of his modern predecessors, is so busy making sure the ship is not sunk by gross inequality that he can barely think about the course of the voyage. Photograph: Alan Betson

The point of a ritual is to reinforce our sense of what is sacred. The ritual of budget day is not meaningless. It carries a message: fiscal policy is(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: announced a change to his budget target for next year. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Significant extra revenues will have to be raised in Budget 2019 to allow for spending increases and tax cuts, pre-budget figures have confirmed. The (...)

The purpose-built facility will be located on the site of a decommissioned RTÉ radio transmitter station in Athlone.

Plans have been unveiled for a new €7.5 million national science and visitor centre in the midlands. The purpose-built facility, which is to be locat(...)

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with Simon Coveney at the 2017 MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

When Joe Mulholland arrived in Glenties last Sunday to open the 38th MacGill Summer School, he was planning to announce it was to be his last. It’s b(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Sláintecare’s Laura Magahy and  Dr Tom Keane, and Minister for Health Simon Harris: the people need to lead the politicians on health matters. Photograph:  Maxwellphotography.ie

Many of the worst problems that exist in the Irish health system are a direct result of choices Irish political leaders have not made. Key decisions d(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy make their way back from Derrynane beach in Kerry following a Cabinet meeting in Derrynane House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Closeted in a snug-fitting room for nearly six hours on a very hot day with no break for lunch, incessant talking and a sun-drenched beach winking at (...)

Leo Varadkar told a private lunch gathering in New York on Tuesday that he sympathised with Donald Trump’s view of the media, saying the media was not interested in the truth but in the story. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come under pressure to clarify his comments on the media after he told a private lunch in New York that he sympathised with(...)

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Irish developer Hostelworld in Dublin. He said the company was committed to Ireland. “We’ve been here since 1980. We have a very long-term relationship with the country”.

Despite Apple pulling the plug on a proposed data centre in Athenry after it got bogged down in legal planning rows, its CEO Tim Cook said Ireland is (...)

 The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe,  and Minister of State Michael D’Arcy  at the publication of the Government’s Summer Economic Statement  at Department of Finance, Government Buildings. Photograph:  Tom Honan

If there is one thing which the Government should achieve when Paschal Donohue announces the Budget for 2019 it is to stop borrowing. The Summer Econo(...)

Denis Naughton rejected the basis for arriving at the ranking and the conclusions reached by the NGO, Climate Action Network Europe. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The findings of a European report ranking Ireland as the second worst EU member state on actions to address climate change have been strongly rejected(...)

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