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Speaking from both sides of its mouth

Speaking from both sides of its mouth

Sinn Féin has shown us time and again that it just can’t be trusted, because the party will say anything to get ahead

Banking inquiry week 10: Money talks – but what does it say?

Banking inquiry week 10: Money talks – but what does it say?

Marc MacSharry: Is there legislation anywhere in the world that in some way holds political parties to account in terms of the manifesto versus programme for government?

Last Post: When Campbell said oui to Charlie’s sweet nothings

Last Post: When Campbell said oui to Charlie’s sweet nothings

Tony Blair’s spin doctor Alastair Campbell is no stranger to Dublin and he was before an Irish audience again last Saturday night – but this time in Paris at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, ooh-la-la, whatever that is.

Breaking the stranglehold of cultural ‘rules’

Breaking the stranglehold of cultural ‘rules’

Fifty years ago this Thursday, the actress Fionnula Flanagan walked out on to the stage of the Eblana Theatre in the basement of Busáras and delivered one of the most striking openings ever in Irish theatre. “I killed my child because she was a girl,

The political perils of good economics

The political perils of good economics

Ruairi Quinn was Ireland’s best ever finance minister. And nobody wants to emulate him

Falling euro may be just the beginning of the story

Falling euro may be just the beginning of the story

Early in January, the Swiss National Bank broke its currency’s link with the euro. It came out of the blue and was read by many as a signal that European Central Bank president Mario Draghi was nearing a decision on quantitative easing, the programme

SMEs deserve better: not some day, but now

SMEs deserve better: not some day, but now

So, the official charm offensive on the backbone of the Irish economy – the self-employed and small business owners – has officially begun. Bravo.

Marriage vote should wait

Marriage vote should wait

Serious questions regarding the Referendum Act are currently being considered by the Supreme Court. Surely it is folly to put more questions to the people before a judgment is issued

The euro rules are just nuts

The euro rules are just nuts

In fact the French angle is just tactical – an issue that just happened to be in the right place at the right time that gave an opportunity to the Irish to unleash a request for flexibility in the way some EU budget rules are applied.

M&A briefing

M&A briefing

There has been a spike in M&A activity over the past year. But which sectors are getting the most attention? Here, five international M&A experts identify a ‘hot’ industry and sector for deals

Martin’s biotech fund to inject €39m into US drug company

Martin’s biotech fund to inject €39m into US drug company

Malin, the Irish biotech investment fund backed by former Elan boss Kelly Martin, will pump €39 million into an American drug company.

Last  Post: Your handy Labour-Swahili phrasebook

Last Post: Your handy Labour-Swahili phrasebook

How do you know someone is attending Trinity College? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

Apprenticeship system to get shake-up

Apprenticeship system to get shake-up

Plasterers are to be trained in two years instead of four as part of a major shake-up of the apprenticeship system.

Labour gears up for next election with sale of HQ

Labour gears up for next election with sale of HQ

Labour has stepped up its general election preparations by selling off its headquarters near St Stephen’s Green in Dublin.

Education minister aims to cut primary pupil-teacher ratio

Education minister aims to cut primary pupil-teacher ratio