Development aid is a moral duty for any country – particularly one like ours that experienced the Great Famine. But there is also a cold political reality: it helps to build alliances and trade with other countries
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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe knows that every extra euro given to end the two-tier pay system in the public sector is an extra euro less for tax cuts and increases on spending on services
Sinn Féin has not ruled out disciplinary action against Cork East TD Pat Buckley, who has apologised for his behaviour after pleading guilty to two charges under the Public Order Act at Midleton District Court last week
New documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by this newspaper give an insight into how quickly the system responded in the case of the former Garda Commissioner
The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has now recommended significant changes to reduce the chances of fee-paying schools and wealthy golf clubs getting sports capital grants again
Ross appeared to signal that his continuation in government is at risk unless the Judicial Appointments Bill is passed by the summer recess - but would his Independent Alliance colleagues back him?
Why would a government committed to improving communications with its citizens hold out on releasing details of how it proposed to do that for so long?
There is no political gain to be made from arguing that it is OK to transfer a €4 billion Permanent TSB portfolio of 20,000 mortgages to unregulated funds - and Fianna Fáil knows this
To ensure the 20-year National Planning Framework does not go down in flames, the government needs to start talking to the opposition about infrastructure
In what was a carefully assembled and constructed speech, the Taoiseach's choice of words after the cabinet go-ahead for a referendum was also a signifier of how his stance had shifted