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An iron fist in a velvet glove

An iron fist in a velvet glove

Paschal Donohoe’s warning to the accountancy profession

EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

EU sticks to 'all weather' track on backstop

Such is the fragile state of affairs that British Prime Minister Theresa May called Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the phone yesterday to talk about a 'review mechanism' for the backstop

Higgins cannot be beaten – but his rivals still have to try to at least win back their election expenses

Higgins cannot be beaten – but his rivals still have to try to at least win back their election expenses

Every candidate needs to claim at least 12.5 per cent of the vote to be able to claim a maximum refund of €200,000 in election expenses

A budget with little drama – but enough to keep the ‘new politics’ show on the road for a while yet

A budget with little drama – but enough to keep the ‘new politics’ show on the road for a while yet

One senior Fianna Fáil source said it would be a ‘yawnfest’, while opposition backbenchers afterwards described it as a ‘non-event’

Budget 2019 won’t be causing any street protests

Budget 2019 won’t be causing any street protests

In terms of its vote-getting ability, the tax cuts are relatively modest and unlikely to sway the electorate one way or another

Prudent Paschal knows this could be his last budget

Prudent Paschal knows this could be his last budget

In the weeks and months leading up to Budget 2019 Donohoe has preached prudence, warning that this government would not repeat the mistakes of the past

Can Donohoe 'de-dramatise' the budget?

Can Donohoe 'de-dramatise' the budget?

Many of the key budget decisions have already been revealed, but the big test is the use the government will make of the €1 billion corporation tax windfall

Eoghan Murphy survives – and the housing crisis continues

Eoghan Murphy survives – and the housing crisis continues

Eoghan Murphy is safe for another six months at least, but all eyes will be on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to see if he can deliver a ‘housing budget’

Paddy Cosgrave is right on housing - so why isn’t he doing something about it?

Paddy Cosgrave is right on housing - so why isn’t he doing something about it?

The Web Summit founder has access - and plenty of it - to senior government decision-makers up to and including the Taoiseach

Fianna Fáil's confidence in Varadkar in short supply

Fianna Fáil's confidence in Varadkar in short supply

Micheál Martin is not someone who is known for personal attacks, but there was a definite sting in his comments last weekend about Varadkar’s relationship with Theresa May

'A lot more to do on housing'

'A lot more to do on housing'

A key part of the discussion at the Fine Gael think-in was on the upcoming Budget, but there is no doubt that the issue that has most exercised the party's TDs is the housing crisis

SF lays down marker over new Garda chief

SF lays down marker over new Garda chief

At the party’s pre-Dáil away day in Cavan, Mary Lou McDonald said Drew Harris must answer the 'well-founded and well-grounded' concerns of victims and survivors who have objected to his appointment

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The one uncontested truth about the Papal visit - it was a triumph of organisation

The final crowd in the Phoenix Park may have been 200,000 rather than 500,000. But that does not take away from the gigantic logistical effort to prepare the site

NTMA move exposes 'rent or buy' dilemma for state agencies

NTMA move exposes 'rent or buy' dilemma for state agencies

Members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts committee like Independent TD Catherine Connolly want to question the Office of Public Works about the a ‘rent rather than buy’ policy when it comes to new headquarters for state agencies and departments

SF not ruling out backing Craughwell's Áras bid

SF not ruling out backing Craughwell's Áras bid

Craughwell and fellow independent senator Joan Freeman are both seeking meetings with Sinn Féin about the possibility of securing the party’s support in order to be a presidential candidate later this year