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(...)

How do you encourage the next great invention? Many believe it would be achieved by introducing a tax credit for research and development. As t(...)

Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Fine Gael Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Labour’s problems are compounded by the fact that its own pre-election pledges and promises were made in laboratory conditions and could not be sustained. Photograph: Frank Miller

At times combing through the staff reports of the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund this week, you were reminded of the old can(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan,  and chief executive of the IMF Christine Lagarde in Dublin Castle last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

The recapitalisation of Ireland’s banks by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Europe’s permanent bank bailout fund, “could play an invaluable (...)

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