There is a huge prize at the far side of this election. If current economic trends continue Ireland will see a balanced budget again by 2017, writes Fergus Finlay

Rugby World Cup


UPDATE (9.15am): Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has played down the apparent failure to agree a package of rent certainty measures ahead of today’s Budget.


The mark of Paul O’Connell was his joy amid private gloom

If the Irish sporting public needed any reminder about the service given to their country by Paul O’Connell, it was provided with a tale from the Millennium Stadium dressing room as they savoured that high-cost victory over France.


It’s not too early to think of next summer holidaysby Grainne McGuinness

Fashion & Beauty

These beauty buys have been given the pink treatment for Breast Cancer Awareness MonthKatie Wright

Food & Drink

One list, 5 meals: Portobello Burger with Spinach SaladMichelle Darmody

Diet & Fitness

Get the lean, toned and sculpted body of a ballerina in these five easy movesAmanda Khouv

Home & Interiors

Have a look at the latest designs in new appliances and home technologyKya deLongchamps


Weekend break: The Parknasilla Resort and Spa, Co KerryEoin English

Arts, Books, Films & TV

This is why Meryl Streep was the perfect choice for a role in Suffragette


Seaweed rich in nourishment and free, for nowDamien Enright