Let's talk: there is nothing to fear from a level playing field for taxes
David McWilliams Being on the right side of history is important.
David McWilliams Being on the right side of history is important.
Lise Hand The trenches of Leinster House are packed with jittery soldiers. It's akin to the 'Phoney' part of World War II, when everyone was waiting for the rumble of German tanks.
Ian O'Doherty There is something quite refreshing about the latest sexuality scandal to engulf the Vatican. And, in many ways, senior Church members will at least be grateful that it doesn't involve the abuse of children.
John Downing As the late great Frank Carson used to say about jokes: "It's the way I tell 'em."
Michael McCarthy Off The Ball on the Wednesday, One Direction on the Friday. Next week is a pretty big one for the newly renamed 3Arena.
Michael McCarthy It's hard to get my head around everything that's happened in the Rugby World Cup so far. For Ireland, the tournament only got going last Sunday, and we only really get going in Cardiff this weekend.
Colette Browne Actresses in Hollywood work in the most sexist industry on the planet, so why are so many of them so reluctant to describe themselves as feminists?
Shane Coleman It seems Micheál Martin was right when he said the Government's re-election campaign would be the most negative ever. Only a week after his prediction, the Sunday Independent reported that Fine Gael was...
John Downing Given the resources at his disposal, Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy looked like he could not lose.
Mandy Johnston If there was a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster which could adequately depict the current political atmosphere in Leinster House at the moment, it would be the epic confrontation from 'Braveheart',...
Billy Keane My friend's dad died about two years ago. He never had any training in psychology but he knew instinctively how to bring the best out of people, as Good Fathers do.
John Downing The photographic display of Ireland's Finance Ministers in the department's Merrion Street HQ offers a major slice of history. Their ordering may also tell us something about our future.
John Masterson I refer to it as that Stubborn Stone. I could refer to it as that 6.35 kilos of midriff that greets me each morning but, while that may sound better, the problem would not be any smaller.
Dan O'Brien Last week this column discussed the need for a more entrepreneurial culture in Ireland and set out the hard evidence of our limited success in business. As often happens when I make this point, some people...
Charlie Weston It is more than a little troubling that banks are funding a British debt-management charity to offer advice to people who are deep in debt.
Ruth Dudley Edwards We're still bedevilled by myths that distort our island story. And because of the vicious propaganda of people like the Young Irelander John Mitchel, we have a particularly skewed view of the Great Famine.
Sarah Carey There's no doubt about it: there's a single tyrannical narrative in this country, and every personal tragedy that can be, must be shoehorned into the official view - that the Eighth must go.
Declan Lynch Everywhere they are talking about "a crisis in capitalism".
Gene Kerrigan Remember Tom McFeely? The guy who built Priory Hall? If ever there was a ready-made villain, it was Tom. An ex-Provo, a millionaire builder who went broke with all the other millionaire builders.
Jody Corcoran When the General Election is called - and speculation around that has become boring - the campaign itself, to paraphrase Thomas Hobbs, will be nasty, brutish and short.
Colm McCarthy During the bubble, State expenditure rose dramatically, and under virtually all headings. A major beneficiary was the State capital programme, and it became a major casualty when government...
Dan O'Brien That the sitting Taoiseach has the power to decide when elections are held is an unfair and extravagant privilege. The uncertainty it creates distracts from the substance of politics in favour of chattering...
Dearbhail McDonald Mercury is in retrograde: it's the reason why everything's out of sync, apparently.
Eoghan Harris Middle Ireland is ready to return this Government. But it wants reasons, rather than bribes.
Eilis O'Hanlon I like what they've done with Studio Four," said Ray D'Arcy as he began his new Saturday night chat show on RTE One. Most people at home were surely thinking: Have they done anything with Studio Four?...
Shane Ross Frank Daly , chairman of Nama, blinks a lot. Last Thursday his eyes kept popping around their sockets behind his thick spectacles at the Public Accounts Committee (Pac). He constantly looked surprised, a...
Brendan Keenan Size matters; especially when it comes to public infrastructure. Across the water, they have just announced a £38bn (€51bn) programme to electrify rail lines through the midlands of England and across the...
Ivan Yates Enda Kenny's closest counsel have reached a conclusion in favour of a November election. This involves Mark Mortell, who was reinstalled as the chief FG election planner; Andrew McDowell, economic advisor and close confidante; along with Michael Noonan.
Gerard O'Regan Last week a sumptuous house located in one of the most scenic parts of the Dingle Peninsula was up for sale.
Liz O'Donnell The Government parties probably hoped for a bounce in popularity in the wake of the launch of the €27bn capital spending programme this week. What a change from the empty coffers of the last six years...
Ian O'Doherty Like anyone who grew up in the 1980s, I well remember the sheer terror caused by the classic Threads, which was a shockingly uncompromising look at Britain following a nuclear war.
When it comes to that strange breed known as Irish developers, modesty and a dash of humility aren't traits which immediately spring to mind. Instead, there are numerous other, more colourful, words which both the lawyers and basic decency preclude me from mentioning here.
David Quinn When the World Meeting of Families, that may or may not include a visit by Pope Francis, takes place in Ireland in 2018, will we by then have repealed the protection that our Constitution gives to the...
Dan O'Brien Crime is a vastly complex phenomenon. Different crimes have different causes. Why crime rates change over time is highly contested.
Brendan Keenan ALWAYS expect the unexpected, the old advice runs. But what if the unexpected does not come? Always finding the expected is a very dull business.
Ivan Yates On this week in 1996, Tony Blair was on the cusp of changing British politics after 18 years of Tory rule. At the Labour Party's conference in Blackpool, he asserted the three main priorities for a New Labour...
David McWilliams Regular readers of this column will know that we forget Russia on the global stage at our peril. Russia is still a major player in our part of the world.
Sinéad Moriarty Loneliness has traditionally been seen as an affliction of the elderly, but recent research has shown that it is reaching epidemic proportions among 30 to 40-year-olds.
Lise Hand Everyone looked longingly at the painted carriage of the train parked at Platform 2 of Heuston Station. It was festooned with happy characters from the kiddie's movie 'Hotel Transylvania 2' and the tagline 'More...
Colm Parkinson I was disappointed to see Joe Brolly have a needless pop at Gooch again in the Sunday Independent.
Joe Molloy We had Henry Shefflin in studio this week chatting about his new book. The great man is every bit as personable and friendly as you might hope. The book is good too.
Ian O'Doherty Well, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Not at the news that one of the finer prospects to emerge in the Premier League this season has decided to declare for England, of course. Rather, there's a sense...
Michael McCarthy When Liverpool players of the 1970s and '80s reminisce about their consistent success, it's regularly attributed to a policy of always strengthening a winning team. That a league-winning team needs...
Ger Gilroy Damien Varley joined our Saturday panel last weekend. He's re-integrating into civilian life post-retirement, outside the rugby bubble.
Colette Browne There is a certain irony in the fact that the Catholic Church has chosen the one country in the world that collectively rejected its reductive definition of the family to host its World Meeting of Families.
Shane Coleman Politics throws up some daft notions at times, particularly lately. But it's hard to think of a sillier one than the suggestion on 'step in-step out' government participation from the Independent Alliance.
Michael O'Doherty As widely predicted, the Web Summit will soon hold its final nerd-fest in Dublin (for the foreseeable future) and, after a five-year tenure in the capital, will move to Lisbon next year.
Mandy Johnston It's showtime tonight for Fianna Fáil in Dún Laoghraire-Rathdown.
Mary Kenny It's something of an irony that at a time when repealing the 8th Amendment on abortion is the current feminist campaign (and women are being urged by campaigners to celebrate their abortions with a...
Eoghan Harris For months I have argued that Fine Gael should go to the country as early as possible. I still believe that.
Dan O'Brien If budget matters bore you then the next three weeks will be hell. Speculation about which taxes are going to be cut and where spending increases will go will fill newspapers and dominate TV and radio...
Nicola Anderson and Mark Condren report
CEO of Ireland's only sex...