Resignation of Naughten injects new dynamic
The government is more vulnerable than ever, but there are obstacles in the way of an early election
Dull and boring are the qualities in a budget most sought after by a government. For government politicians dull and boring translates as safe. No surprises, no white-knuckle ride for the chief whip and no banana skins.
Governments nowadays have informal banana-skin-proofing mechanisms in place to avert budget-day disasters. The memory of then Taoiseach, Garret Fitzgerald, on his knees in the Dáil chamber to the late Jim Kemmy still haunts finance ministers. The banana skin...
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Private rental sector remains strong despite Covid-19
Demand continues to outstrip supply in both residential and PRS markets, while developers adapt new build designs to take the pandemic into account
How the programme for government will shape housing
Several strategic changes offer an opportunity for positive reform of planning and development
Comment: US must defuse Covid-19’s ticking time bomb of debt
The United States cannot defeat the pandemic like a military foe but it can learn from looking back at its post-war economic recovery