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A shopper watching the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin addressing the house, in a Dublin city store on Budget 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke

This was our seventh austerity budget and according to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, “Ireland is open for business”, it wants to “play fair and(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

A Cheann Comhairle,The story of insolvent Ireland is familiar to all our people and the sacrifices people have had to make in recent years are well kn(...)

The scale of Irish involvement in the Battle of Trafalgar is not a surprise, according to the National Maritime Museum’s curator of naval history Dr Quintin Colville.

England expects every Irishman to do this duty. Lord Nelson’s famous clarion call to his men at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 did not quite put it t(...)

Car boot sale: great way to sell a little bit of everything

Over the past five years, austerity has reduced the income of a typical Irish family by about €300 a month. Not only that but today households around (...)

 Smyths toy shop on Jervis Street Dublin. The group operates 69 stores in total: 41 in Britain, 22 in the Republic and six in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Sales of Furbies, Monopoly Millionaire and learning tablets last year helped the British and Northern Irish arms of family-owned Irish toy-seller Smyt(...)

Enda Kenny:   Moya Prunty (Kildare South) said referendums had been lost before and the world had not ended. She said the Taoiseach was doing a fine job. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delegates to the Fine Gael conference were in an upbeat mood and largely happy with the performance of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the party’s Ministers.(...)

 At the end of his speech Noonan ad-libbed that people would be astounded by the good things in the budget.  If it is seen as tough tomorrow it may rebound. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Commentators have lavished a lot of attention in recent years on the impact of US electoral strategy and techniques on Irish politics. But when it com(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell looks dejected as Edinburgh celebrate their victory at the final whistle at Murrayfield. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inphot

The Japanese call it senshoubyou. Victory disease. At some stage, days before Saturday’s shockingly inept performance, Munster’s collective mindset fa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to media during the second day of the Fine Gael national conference in Limerick today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government intends to extend the entitlement to vote in Seanad elections to all third-level graduates “as a small first step” towards the reform o(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan addressing the second day of the Fine Gael National Conference in Limerick today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said there is little work left to do on the budget and that the State had a strong “backstop” in place for whe(...)

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