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Why the state spending watchdog was a better bet to investigate the National Children's Hospital fiasco than PwC

Why the state spending watchdog was a better bet to investigate the National Children's Hospital fiasco than PwC

Fianna Fáil is using a two-hour private members’ slot in the Dáil tonight to move its own bill to give the Comptroller and Auditor General the power to investigate massive cost overruns on state building projects

Brexiteers marching on towards destruction due to a misguided ‘Dunkirk spirit’

Brexiteers marching on towards destruction due to a misguided ‘Dunkirk spirit’

Rather than evacuating in the face of overwhelming odds, Conservative Party MPs still seem determined to fight the EU on the beaches

Lessons from the Strokestown eviction

Lessons from the Strokestown eviction

The fact that this eviction took place in Strokestown makes it an even more emotive case. It was here that Major Denis Mahon tried to get rid of almost 1,000 impoverished tenants

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

A Brexit backstop fudge is on the cards

The challenge now is to tweak the withdrawal deal in some way that makes it more palatable to MPs while leaving the backstop in place

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Though the former Sinn Féin TD has started well, there is little evidence that there is a huge desire among voters for a new party, or that they have grown tired of the existing ones

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