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The job announcements by Kerry Group and Paddy Power were a big boost to the country last week - and one that was badly needed, with few enough other positive economic indicators.
The way the government is trying to manage the emergence of news about the forthcoming budget may be good politics, but it is bad economics.
James Reilly has spent almost three weeks trying to defuse a crisis that surfaced when it emerged he added two sites in his own constituency to a list of primary care centres.
Ruairí Quinn chooses to believe what reliable international indicators say about Irish educational standards rather than the conventional wisdom of the educational establishment.
The leadership of the country's massively expensive health service is a mess.
When is a deal not a deal? When, it would appear, it is written at 4am during a meeting of EU leaders.
In last week's paper, we argued that the Croke Park agreement was not delivering and needed to be scrapped. The past week bore out our position.
In the midst of a jobs crisis, the government should not do anything to add further unwarranted burdens to the costs of doing business here.
There is a complete lack of reality surrounding much of the recent debate on the Croke Park agreement.
At long last, there have been a good few weeks for Europe.
The fiasco surrounding the health cuts announced and then partially retracted is deeply worrying.
There is no doubt that, under Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank (ECB) has come a long way.
Everybody has to live within their budgets. That is the new reality in Irish public life, and the health service is no different.
It is time to stop pretending that PRSI is not just another form of tax on incomes, because that is what it is.
Bruised, battered, but not broken. In our Bucking the Trend series throughout this month, this newspaper showcased four sectors of the economy that are booming in the bust.
Few subjects lead to more debate than the education system, but particularly the Leaving Certificate.
Be careful what you wish for. The statement of intent by Etihad Airways that it is interested in a stake in Aer Lingus has gone down well with the former national carrier.
Too much attention has been paid over the years to the amount of money spent by the government in different areas - and not enough to how well this money is spent.
Sport has a unique ability to affect the morale of the nation - and what a lift our Olympians, in particular our boxers, have given us during the week.
The PR offensive that has been launched by the Quinn family since the recent High Court contempt of court judgment has been quite extraordinary.
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