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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Michael Noonan

All time
# State of the Nation
'The last thing the government wants to see is Greece get a better deal than they could'
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Final Countdown
Enda Kenny says he believes a deal is possible for Greece
Finance Minister Michael Noonan earlier said he wasn’t optimistic a deal could be reached today.
# huge cocaine seizure
A whopping €90m-worth of drugs was destroyed in Ireland last year
The figure represents a five-fold increase on 2013.
# back us up
Greek minister: Irish people's feelings of mild superiority are unhelpful
Yanis Varoufakis asked Irish people to try to understand the “Greek drama” and to look more closely at the workings of European institutions.
# Plan B
Ireland is now really thinking about what happens if Greece leaves the eurozone
The government has confirmed talks with the Central Bank and the NTMA about the implications of Greece exiting the eurozone.
# lizard people
What is the secretive Bilderberg Conference - and why has Michael O'Leary been invited?
Gathering of the lizard people, secretive world government meeting, an ‘informal networking opportunity’ – or a mixture of all three?
# Dáil wars
After several rows, Sinn Féin votes against IBRC inquiry - but it's still happening
Michael Noonan said he’s “confident” he has addressed the opposition’s concerns.
# media space
Talk of an INM move for TV3 dismissed as "highly unlikely" by the company
The cabinet is to debate media merger guidelines today.
# impression
Alan Dukes was 'furious' with Michael Noonan for mentioning 'criminality'
Alan Dukes said the Siteserv sale was put before the Central Bank and no issues were found.
# money worries
The government has been painting a too-rosy budget picture
Its fiscal advisory council has warned something will have to give.
# SiteServ
IBRC inquiry: Department of Finance reveals details of filing error
Catherine Murphy found out via Twitter, but she’s very happy nonetheless.
# the right direction
The Bank of Ireland is moving in the right direction on mortgages
The bank has made cuts to its fixed-rate mortgages.
# banking at bernie's
AIB's new boss has a long year ahead of him
The state-owned bank has announced its replacement CEO.
# The Boss
Michael Noonan warns banks: Cut your interest rates or else...
“Happy customers make for profitable banks,” the finance minister said today.
# michael says so
Will this man finally get tough with banks if they don't drop mortgage rates?
The Finance Minister has been meeting with lenders.
# here you go
Revenue giving names and addresses to Irish Water
Exchanges took place last August and in January and February.
# siteserv review
'I'm horrified Irish taxpayers are being asked to write a blank cheque'
“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.”
# shovel ready
This week’s vital property news: Tough times for tenants but a construction on the up
Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.
# Veto
Big plan to help mortgage holders 'won't have the banks quaking in their boots'
The government has announced a raft of new measures to help people struggling to pay their mortgages.
# comedy duo
Brendan Howlin: There are "really weird people" who attack others online
The minister also tells us how he feels about being compared to one half of Morecambe and Wise.
# The briefcase
Here's everything you need to know about business this week
Everyone was talking about allergic non-workers, Ireland’s most-hated company and a Greek tragedy.
# professional agitators
Brendan Howlin thinks left-wing parties "thrive in chaos"
…and if those rumours of an €800 windfall for public servants are true.
# pack of bankers
If the banks continue to 'gouge' mortgage-holders, maybe it's time to gouge them back...
AIB aside, Ireland’s main banks have refused to drop their rates despite record numbers of mortgages being in trouble.
# jobphobia
Michael Noonan is copping a lot of flak for saying some people are 'allergic to work'
Brendan Howlin, for one, doesn’t agree.
# Lunch Fix
Today's top stories in 7 seconds
Don’t have time to mull over the news? Here’s everything you need to know.
# Not happy
Murphy calls on KPMG to remove itself from Siteserv probe
A Fianna Fáil motion calling for an independent commission to be established has been defeated by the government.
# Analysis
5 charts that show why the "lost decade" is a long way from over
There’s a good reason why a lot of people still aren’t feeling it.
# the guvnor
This banker has quietly sacrificed €500,000 to the taxpayer
Most public servants took a pay cut in the recession – but the Central Bank’s governor went further still.
# How Much??
Here is what your mortgage would cost you in Europe
As has been pointed out in recent weeks, we don’t exactly get the best deal over here.
# Conflict of Interest
Alex White: 'Sinn Féin operates on smears ... they can't be taken seriously'
Labour and Sinn Féin clashed over the Siteserv review … again.
# a big bite
Apple could be forced to pay 10 years of back taxes to Ireland
And it’s worried that could take a big bite out of its bottom line.
# wrong answer
Hoping for a mortgage rate cut from one of these banks? Sorry, not happening
They’re not giving much away, this mob.
# State of the Nation
Howlin: I'm amazed people criticised the spring statement, it's full of 'real meat'
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Not off the table
Has Michael Noonan given up on a bank debt deal?
Not quite, but it looks like the government is pursuing other options.
# Analysis
Why Fine Gael and Labour kickstarted their re-election campaign 10 months early
Analysis: The Spring Economic Statement was a PR exercise designed to be the opening salvo in a lengthy general election campaign.
AS IT HAPPENED
Everything you need to know about the spring statement
The government’s big announcement in the Dáil has been been criticised as a ‘PR exercise’. Here’s how it all unfolded.
# spring break
A lot of people really weren't feeling the government's Spring Statement
The coalition’s much-hyped economic statement was released this afternoon, to an outburst of (mostly) joyous cynicism.
# IOU lots of money
Will Permanent TSB be able to pay back its bailout cash after all?
The bank certainly seems to think so. And Michael Noonan too.
# Michael's pledge
Stick with this guy and your living standards will improve every year until 2020
“We lost a decade during the recession and the lost decade is over now,” Michael Noonan said this morning.
# State of the Nation
Tax cuts and spending hikes: Are we back to the good times?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…