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Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

By virtue of his position, Varadkar may find the attention on his personal life more than he might find appropriate

Mary Regan: Varadkar bounce puts FF on the defensive

Mary Regan: Varadkar bounce puts FF on the defensive

With Varadkar a presumptive taoiseach, many in Fianna Fáil now regret not forcing an election two months ago

A $7 trillion tax reform could trigger a recession under Trump

A $7 trillion tax reform could trigger a recession under Trump

Arthur Laffer’s cocktail napkin has much to answer for as the birthplace of trickle-down economics. As Trump mark's 100 days, Laffer's proposed tax reforms could end up doing a lot of damage

Theresa May is surfing a wave before tide finally goes out

Theresa May is surfing a wave before tide finally goes out

Not only can the British Prime Minister not lose, she can’t fail to win big – but things will never be this easy for her again

Mary Regan: Why the new maternity hospital has been a difficult delivery

Mary Regan: Why the new maternity hospital has been a difficult delivery

Everyone is asking why the nuns want to run a maternity hospital. But perhaps the real question should be, why would the state want to allow them?

PAC, Project Eagle and a fuming finance minister

PAC, Project Eagle and a fuming finance minister

Noonan faced his detractors in the Dáil last week, but serious questions remain

Mary Regan: Enda Kenny's long goodbye

Mary Regan: Enda Kenny's long goodbye

Welcome home, Taoiseach. Now when, exactly, do you plan to step down?

Mary Regan: Irish Water fiasco could drown Fianna Fáil

Mary Regan: Irish Water fiasco could drown Fianna Fáil

The party must choose between its current populist stance and a fiscally responsible one – and might lose out either way

Mary Regan: Enda Kenny may have strengthened his position in Fine Gael

Mary Regan: Enda Kenny may have strengthened his position in Fine Gael

Out in the nick of time - but when? His moves ensure a more dignified departure - yet again he has done it his way

Garda scandals threaten to overshadow the Taoiseach's second term, too

Garda scandals threaten to overshadow the Taoiseach's second term, too

Garda scandals dominated Enda Kenny’s first term as taoiseach, and could tarnish his second

Why the great school 'baptism barrier' debate will be long fingered again

Why the great school 'baptism barrier' debate will be long fingered again

Bruton wants to end the controversial admissions policy - but getting everyone's blessing will be difficult, writes Hugh O'Connell

Are hospitals overcrowded? Oh, yes they are

Are hospitals overcrowded? Oh, yes they are

Government surprise at the latest health crisis is just the usual post-Christmas panto

Public pay disputes loom large on the horizon for the government

Public pay disputes loom large on the horizon for the government

New politics has the Dáil in a state of chassis

Politics this year was all about clinging to power

Politics this year was all about clinging to power

Escapology was the recurring theme of 2016, with everyone from Gerry Adams to Micheál Martin confounding expectations

Michael McDowell: Adams bounces along in our post-factual world while the Stack family suffers

Michael McDowell: Adams bounces along in our post-factual world while the Stack family suffers

There is a parallel universe in which Gerry, a pioneer of a the 'post-factual' world, lives