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Absolute power, absolute accountability

Absolute power, absolute accountability

As minister you can do almost anything, but you are answerable for everything

Property is a useful addition to your portfolio

Property is a useful addition to your portfolio

You can add to your portfolio without investing in actual bricks and mortar

Surge of the migrant tide

Surge of the migrant tide

While we wait, torn between compassion and practicality, the signs are that the massive 21st century population shift has already begun

Let’s hear it for the good-time guys

Let’s hear it for the good-time guys

Last week’s evidence to the banking inquiry proved one thing. Brian Cowen and Charlie McCreevy need to take off their rose-tinted glasses

Greek euro exit would scar a generation

Greek euro exit would scar a generation

If Greece leaves the euro, the country faces years of life-altering hyperinflation and turmoil. And the eurozone faces severe instability.

Wishful thinking is a poor foundation for politics

Wishful thinking is a poor foundation for politics

The calamity of Greece exposes the dangers of believing in wishful thinking

Facts don’t figure in stats jungle

Facts don’t figure in stats jungle

New political alternatives are chaotic and dispiriting

New political alternatives are chaotic and dispiriting

There are dangers in the politics of magical thinking

Labour finds it’s harder to take credit than blame

Labour finds it’s harder to take credit than blame

The latest opinion poll shows relative stability but, of the parties, Labour will be the most displeased with the fleeting nature of public approval

Greece runs out of cash as crisis enters final act

Greece runs out of cash as crisis enters final act

The troika’s strategy has created an unsustainable debt spiral which has pushed the country to the very edge of the abyss

Kenny keeps election options open

Kenny keeps election options open

The Taoiseach is trying to open up an option to hold an early election – just in case

There’s no sign of  a European Mandela

There’s no sign of a European Mandela

The South African leader showed the way for an entire continent. We could do with some of his qualities right now

Big Jack’s legacy has turned to dust

Big Jack’s legacy has turned to dust

Twenty-five years ago, Jack Charlton led the Irish team and its delirious fans to previously unknown heights of success at Italia 90. Now watching the Irish team play is like watching green paint dry. What’s gone wrong?

Berkeley’s open response shames our instinct for secrecy

Berkeley’s open response shames our instinct for secrecy

New AIB boss well equipped for challenges ahead

New AIB boss well equipped for challenges ahead

Bernard Byrne, the new boss of AIB, has many challenges ahead of him, but his strategy looks clear-eyed and focused