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The Coalition is exposed as gambling on tax windfalls

Is the Coalition cooking the books? I asked the woman from the Revenue mischievously.

Burglar Ben rubs his hands as business is set to boom

Ben the Burglar sat back to watch RTE’s Six One news last Monday evening. He was feeling a bit depressed. All day he had been hearing that Minister for Justice Frances FitzGerald was launching a package to put a stop to his gallop.

The constipated sphinx breaks ranks and turns on the bankers

The last time Kevin Cardiff appeared before a Dail committee, he resembled a constipated sphinx. His 2011 summons to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proved tortuous. The then head of the Department of Finance was on the back foot after a €3.6bn error in the State’s finances occurred on his watch. Extracting information from the sphinx was like pulling teeth from the mouth of an unwilling dragon.

Old wounds reopen with scrappy 70-somethings

Has Michael Noonan lost his touch? The sure-footed Minister for Finance has become accident-prone in recent weeks. Instead of floating above the media scrum, Noonan has descended to political jousting. Not all of it has seen the avuncular Michael emerging in glory.

 

Merkel won’t interfere with our ministers’ toys

You have to hand it to the Government. The economy is on a roll. There they are feeding us with fine figures about exports, deficit reduction, falling jobless and the rest.

 

Thank heavens for the happy heretics of the IMF

It’s confession time down at the Banking Inquiry. The confessions are a trifle premature. Suddenly there is a real danger that the inquiry’s appetisers will render the main course less digestible.

Honest words remind us of home-grown talent

Remember Ireland’s solution to its banking board problem? We went overseas. We hunted the banking highways and byways of the globe to decorate Irish boards.

Enda faces humiliation from Greek sabre-rattler

Last Sunday morning the Gods smiled on the small village of Ballyhea, Co Cork.
After Mass, the residents gathered in the winter sun to protest – for the 200th time – against Ireland’s crippling bank debt. After a short, silent march – with banners galore – the crowd assembled at a hotel in nearby Charleville.

Noonan grandstanding on quicksands of growth

Everybody is utterly turned off by Ireland’s Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC). You are. I am. The Government that appointed it obviously deeply regrets its very existence. It is the party pooper, constantly spoiling the Coalition’s tall tales of a national recovery.

Haughty, contemptuous: that’s the ECB for you

Margaret Thatcher would have been proud of Mario Draghi last Thursday.
Back in 1984 the Iron Lady famously dismissed all Irish proposals for a Northern Irish solution, rejecting each possible solution with the contemptuous words: “Out, out, out.”
At a press conference in Frankfurt on Thursday the long-winded ECB chief was equally dismissive of questions about Ireland and its relationship with the ECB.