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Welfare at work

Welfare at work

In an extensive interview with The Sunday Business Post, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty discusses the pensions time bomb, naming and shaming welfare fraudsters, and political rivalry

The radical moderate

The radical moderate

He’s just delivered his maiden budget as finance minister. In this major interview, Paschal Donohoe talks tax, housing and political philosophy

British ambassador: Ireland should prepare for hard Brexit

British ambassador: Ireland should prepare for hard Brexit

Robin Barnett advises having a ‘contingency’ plan, and says Britain wants ‘frictionless’ border

Verhofstadt: We’ll give Ireland Brexit cash

Verhofstadt: We’ll give Ireland Brexit cash

In his only newspaper interview during his visit here, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator speaks of the negative impact on Ireland if the Brexit agreement ‘is not well done’

Creed's focus on farmers at sterling risk

Creed's focus on farmers at sterling risk

The agriculture minister feels he should have no trouble making the farmers’ case in the budget because the new Taoiseach appreciates the huge importance of the sector

Nikki Haley profile: UNstoppable?

Nikki Haley profile: UNstoppable?

The third of four children born to Indian Sikh immigrants, her parents arrived in the US with just $8

The party animal

The party animal

Once a fierce critic of Fianna Fáil, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has now embraced his new party with the zeal of a convert

The presidency: Are you right there, Michael?

The presidency: Are you right there, Michael?

When Higgins ran for president in 2011, he secured more than a million votes and promised that he would serve only one seven-year term

Profile Michael and Danny Healy-Rae: Holding the fort

Profile Michael and Danny Healy-Rae: Holding the fort

As well as being successful vote-getters, they have also built up their own mini property and business empire, writes Michael Brennan

A young man in a hurry: Eoghan Murphy

A young man in a hurry: Eoghan Murphy

Murphy envisions the state building houses, going high rise within Dublin’s canals and, long-term, discussing how to pay for water infrastructure

Varadkar taking the Haughey approach to power, says Howlin

Varadkar taking the Haughey approach to power, says Howlin

The Taoiseach's actions in his first few weeks of office have 'diluted' the cabinet system, the Labour leader says

Profile: Justin Trudeau - 5 things you need to know

Profile: Justin Trudeau - 5 things you need to know

Our guide to the 45-year-old Canadian prime minister who is visiting Dublin this week before travelling to the G20 summit in Hamburg

Profile Eoghan Murphy : His master’s voice

Profile Eoghan Murphy : His master’s voice

Off the ball: Dick Spring on life, sport, business, politics – and James Joyce

Off the ball: Dick Spring on life, sport, business, politics – and James Joyce

It’s been 15 years since Dick Spring last stood for election, but he has never stopped being a politician. Now he’s using his talents to help bring the 2023 Rugby World Cup to Ireland

‘I’ve no idea if Arlene Foster respects me or not...I haven’t time to get distracted by nonsense like that. I’ve a job to do’

‘I’ve no idea if Arlene Foster respects me or not...I haven’t time to get distracted by nonsense like that. I’ve a job to do’

Sinn Féin’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill has a vision for Ireland, one which she says picks up where the work of the late Martin McGuinness left off