Just what should we make of Nama, the state's mammoth bad bank? In one sense, its establishment has been an abundant failure.
Ireland is not a tax haven. It is not like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, where money can be parked tax-free and where brass plate operations are the order of the day.
Since taking office in 2011, Alan Shatter has been an energetic and reforming Minister for Justice, but his behaviour over the Mick Wallace affair has been disgraceful.
Will a bank inquiry finally get to the bottom of what happened on the fateful night of September 29, 2008?
The government is to conduct a review of the tax terms for oil and gas exploration, the Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte announced during the week.
This week, the government will probably be confronted with the reality that 300,000 public servants will not volunteer for a pay cut.
The government said legal difficulties were behind its decision to abandon its pre-election commitment to abolish upward-only rent reviews. But this isn't the full story.
The truth is that Irish people remain deeply conflicted on the issue of abortion.
We need, once and for all, to break the link between banks and sovereign governments.
Politicians feel the need to speak in slogans. Few can now resist saying that the "end of austerity" is nigh.
Struggling Irish SMEs must be looking on with envy at Independent News & Media, after it agreed a €140 million debt write-off deal by its consortium of lenders last week.
The unions have voted against Croke Park II, and their decision must be respected. From that decision stem some consequences, to which government must now face up.
The insolvency service faces a huge job, with new rules, new practitioners and an uncertain response from the banks, which will have a key say as the main creditor in most cases.
It is easy to argue that more needs to be done to help Ireland, if we are to exit the bailout programme successfully and, just as important, stay out of it.
Whatever your views on same-sex marriage, it is to be hoped that the Constitutional Convention today recommends a change in Bunreacht na hEireann.