Charlie Mccreevy

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Michel Barnier: introduced a raft of EU regulations on financial services, accountancy and banking as commissioner.

Former European Commissioner Michel Barnier has been appointed as the European Commission’s chief negotiator for the Brexit negotiations. The surpris(...)

Good news, bad news: Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan made separate but significant announcements this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

You really can’t win. On Wednesday morning, news started to emerge that the Government had done a deal with drug companies which would save up to €20(...)

Charlie McCreevy said it was too early to say whether Ireland will be a big beneficiary of Brexit

Former EU commissioner Charlie McCreevy said it would be “the height of folly” if parts of the 28-member European Union took a “vindictive” approach t(...)

Indpendent TD Katherine Zappone is now seeing her preferred model of childcare, that is, direct payments to childcare providers, being implemented.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Read quickly, the draft partnership programme for government appears to signal a shift in childcare policy. After all, promising “targeted supports to(...)

Life’s a beach: the problem facing countries all around the world is how will they continue to pay for pension benefits at a time when the population is living longer than ever before

It is a time bomb that has yet to detonate, but all the evidence seems to suggest that it’s a case of when, not if, it will go off. The problem facin(...)

Catherine Murphy TD with candidates Anne-Marie McNally and Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Eric Luke

Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats) was first elected to the Dáil in March 2005 in the byelection to replace departing EU commissioner Fianna Fail’s C(...)

 Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has unveiled a “Save to Buy” initiative for first-time buyers

Housing will be front and centre in the general election campaign that officially kicks off today. There will be two strands to the debate: creating t(...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry findings do not bear out Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claim of three years ago that an “axis of collusion” existed between Fianna Fáil and the banks. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Often when a political party experiences an unprecedented drubbing at an election, a veteran figure is asked to undertake a warts and all assessment o(...)

Serving the national interest

Condemning Fianna Fáil for undermining the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) and failing to deliver on regional planning is old hat. But putting an effe(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

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