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Grandparents deserve more than being ‘just wrecked’

Grandparents deserve more than being ‘just wrecked’

Doing a deal with the Quinn family

Doing a deal with the Quinn family

We know certain truths. We know that members of the Quinn family swore misleading affidavits, generated bogus payments, falsified documents and acquired offshore companies in an effort to keep control of a €500 million international property portfoli

No return to backroom deals

No return to backroom deals

Alcohol policy is half-cut

Alcohol policy is half-cut

We’re drinking far less of our own accord, so why is the government handing more money to the supermarkets and off-licences in the name of sobering us up?

A giveaway budget and the virtues of austerity

A giveaway budget and the virtues of austerity

Michael Noonan will produce something very like George Osborne’s election budget

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Selfless rebels had real vision

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

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

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.

Last-minute deal won’t solve Greece’s woes

Last-minute deal won’t solve Greece’s woes

And so another act in the great Greek drama ends with a deal cobbled together after last-minute negotiations in Brussels.

Rebuilding a proud tradition in Dublin’s Liberties

Rebuilding a proud tradition in Dublin’s Liberties

St James’s Church is a forgotten Dublin treasure. Millions of people have passed it on their way to the famous Guinness Storehouse but few have stopped to look at it.

State has to stand firm against Big Tobacco

State has to stand firm against Big Tobacco

Smoking tobacco is the biggest preventable cause of death in our society. It costs lives. About 5,200 die from cancer-related illness every year. It also costs money: both in lost productivity and through costly treatment for smoking-induced cancers.

Commentary on public service reform is mired in the past

Commentary on public service reform is mired in the past

It is difficult to shift perceptions. At least three times in recent months I have read pieces in the newspapers about the public service that reflect more our history than today’s reality.

Inequality is not an accident

Inequality is not an accident

The government is set on widening the gap between the top 10 per cent of earners and the rest of us.