Post Editors

Post Editors

Time for government to help small firms

Time for government to help small firms

This government is caught between a range of different pressures and priorities, but it mustn't forget about retail and small businesses.

Europe facing risks of complacency

Europe facing risks of complacency

Last June, EU governments made a clear commitment to break the link between sovereign governments and their banks. Ever since, this commitment has been chipped away.

Damaging fallout from meat scandal

Damaging fallout from meat scandal

The discovery of traces of horsemeat - and in one case a lot more than traces - in Irish-produced burgers raises fundamental questions.

Still big challenges to bailout exit

Still big challenges to bailout exit

You can't blame the government for trying to create a bit of positive momentum in the economic news about Ireland.

Abortion challenge

Abortion challenge

Last week's hearings on the abortion issue at the Oireachtas committee were, in the main, constructive and calm.

Abortion debate should be civil

Abortion debate should be civil

The political year 2013 begins at 9.30am on Tuesday morning in the Senate chamber when the Oireachtas health committee begins three days of hearings on abortion legislation.

Investigate fracking and then decide

Investigate fracking and then decide

One of the more difficult decisions thatthis government will have to make will be whether to permit shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing.

Will 2013 prove to be another year of living dangerously?

Will 2013 prove to be another year of living dangerously?

While 2012 started with an air of crisis, we enter 2013 in a somewhat calmer environment, even if the budget crisis in the US threatens some short-term instability.

Tough year, but core strengths remain

Tough year, but core strengths remain

As we approach Christmas, it is natural to reflect on the year just gone - a year which started in crisis at a European level.

Caught between a rock and Ryanair

Caught between a rock and Ryanair

The government's decision to say it would not sell its stake in Aer Lingus to Ryanair raises two obvious questions - who will it sell to, and on what terms?

Increments are now truly indefensible

Increments are now truly indefensible

The continuing payment of public service increments at a time when deep cuts are being made in sensitive areas of public spending is morally and politically indefensible.

Dealing with the debt

Dealing with the debt

Will 2013 be the year when we finally start to deal decisively with our mortgage debt problem? Certainly, the signs are that things are finally beginning to change.

After the budget, government needs a new sense of purpose

After the budget, government needs a new sense of purpose

Budget 2013 may have kept the show on the road, but a vital year now lies ahead as our bailout cash starts to run out.

Changing face of US brings challenges

Changing face of US brings challenges

The US presidential election is a big event in Ireland, not just because the political and media class are fascinated by American politics.

Fast action needed on bankers' pay

Fast action needed on bankers' pay

Every few months, it seems, public controversy over bankers' pay resurfaces.