Post Editors

Post Editors

Political donations are still under radar

Political donations are still under radar

The details of what the presidential candidates spent during the election demonstrates again the extent to which political parties have their cake and eat it when it comes to funding.

Wrap up the Greek mess without delay

Wrap up the Greek mess without delay

The deal on the second Greek bailout needs to be concluded now.

Ditch Croke Park deal without delay

Ditch Croke Park deal without delay

The Croke Park agreement is not working, and the government should back out of it as quickly as it can.

Tribunal report will mark the end of an era

Tribunal report will mark the end of an era

The Planning Tribunal, which is expected to issue its final report in the coming weeks, has been a disaster for the conduct of public life in Ireland.

Referendum not in Ireland's interest

Referendum not in Ireland's interest

It could be that there is a legal requirement to have a referendum on the EU fiscal treaty. If we do, we do. However if there is no legal imperative to do so.

Ireland must build alliances in Europe

Ireland must build alliances in Europe

Taoiseach Enda Kenny goes to the EU summit tomorrow knowing he will be party to some vital decisions. On the agenda will be the new fiscal compact, the situation in Greece, the new EU rescue fund and

Convenient culture needs abolishing

Convenient culture needs abolishing

It sometimes seems that the central organising principle of Irish political and administrative life is that nobody, anywhere, should be inconvenienced by anything.

Public pay bill can't escape the cutbacks

Public pay bill can't escape the cutbacks

It hasn't quite been death by a thousand cuts. However, it is clear that finding the budgetary savings for 2012 has been hugely difficult for the government. With so many areas out of bounds because o

Not fit for purpose

Not fit for purpose

The fitness and probity tests being undertaken by the Central Bank of senior bank executives who were in place when the crisis was brewing is a distraction which will achieve little, apart from enrich

Pushing to change the bailout programme

Pushing to change the bailout programme

The troika is back in town and, no doubt, will again pat us on the head for adhering to the terms of our bailout. Some of the public choreography of this is perhaps inevitable - the last thing the tr

Jobs plan must be realistic to succeed

Jobs plan must be realistic to succeed

The government is promising it will produce a jobs strategy to boost employment. In the past, such grand plans have, all too often, been a mix of unspecified targets - a collection of a lot of things

Tax debacle shows the need for reform

Tax debacle shows the need for reform

The first thing that should be said about the controversy over new tax demands being sent to pensioners is that everyone should pay the taxes they owe. Pension payments have been largely protected thr

The squeezed middle

The squeezed middle

One of the greatest developments in this country over the past two decades was the explosion in the number of middle-income families. This - and not the creation of a small class of super-rich (many

Property

Property

The Property section will return on January 29.

More stability and less uncertainty, please

More stability and less uncertainty, please

As a new year begins, it is traditionally a time to take stock. The year 2011 was a very difficult one, with unemployment rising, living standards falling and hopes of an early recovery scuppered by t