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Where's the spark in Budget 2018 build-up?

Where's the spark in Budget 2018 build-up?

The usual fevered speculation over what we can expect when Paschal Donohoe gets to his feet is severely lacking this year, writes Hugh O'Connell

FF leader's stance a foretaste of budget battle

FF leader's stance a foretaste of budget battle

Micheál Martin has laid down a marker on tax at his party's think-in by demanding a cut in USC, writes Michael Brennan

100 days of Leo

100 days of Leo

The Taoiseach’s brand remains strong, but Fianna Fáil’s ‘spin over substance’ jibe shows he’ll have to prove his Republic of Opportunity has some meaning in people’s lives

'Finding a new garda chief won't be easy'

'Finding a new garda chief won't be easy'

The political narrative is now dictating that the net must be cast beyond the ranks of An Garda Síochána, writes Hugh O'Connell

The dos and don'ts of being a 'Sporting Taoiseach'

The dos and don'ts of being a 'Sporting Taoiseach'

Every taoiseach must walk a tightrope when it comes to mixing sport and politics

Fianna Fáil set to target Varadkar 'brand-building'

Fianna Fáil set to target Varadkar 'brand-building'

The public will soon begin to demand fewer meaningless announcements and more substance from the new Taoiseach

'Leo's passage to India will be big news at home and abroad'

'Leo's passage to India will be big news at home and abroad'

Varadkar’s trip to his ancestral home will be helpful for market access there too, writes Michael Brennan

'It's too early and too easy to condemn JobPath to the same fate as JobBridge'

'It's too early and too easy to condemn JobPath to the same fate as JobBridge'

If the initial results are anything to go by, JobPath is worth sticking with

Cowen tries to rewrite his role in the crash

Cowen tries to rewrite his role in the crash

The former taoiseach broke cover last week with a rare public appearance, but plenty of people don’t want to see him back just yet

Matt Cooper: Evasions and excuses won’t cut it from Cowen

Matt Cooper: Evasions and excuses won’t cut it from Cowen

Brian Cowen doesn’t want to be held responsible for the crash, but history shows that he went along with all the worst excesses of Bertie Ahern’s reign

'Martin may need Sinn Féin to fulfil his dream of becoming Taoiseach'

'Martin may need Sinn Féin to fulfil his dream of becoming Taoiseach'

Despite his insistence, the prospect of being the only FF leader not to lead the country may make SF support a necessity

'It's important for all women - not just RTE stars - that the gender pay gap is addressed'

'It's important for all women - not just RTE stars - that the gender pay gap is addressed'

Despite strong words, there is little to suggest the government is doing enough to address this inequality, writes Mary Regan

Ian Guider: A new strategy for the state’s investment fund

Ian Guider: A new strategy for the state’s investment fund

Donohoe has said that the Irish Strategic Investment Fund is to be reassessed. What’s next for this curious beast?

Varadkar needs to start putting his own stamp on the office of Taoiseach

Varadkar needs to start putting his own stamp on the office of Taoiseach

With polls showing little sign of a Leo Leap, the new Taoiseach will have to hit the ground running when the Dáil returns from its summer break

Feargal Quinn: Dublin-centric Ireland needs a new outlook

Feargal Quinn: Dublin-centric Ireland needs a new outlook

The government has suggested regional development is a priority. Let’s hope it goes further than its predecessor's lip service when it came to balanced development outside the capital