General view of  election posters along the N11 near Cabinteely, Co Dublin during the campaign.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Local authorities charged €150 fee per item for failure to take material from lamp posts

Prof John McHale, chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council, last night said the Government needs to stick to an adjustment of €2 billion in the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government plans to ease tax burden on low- and middle-income families

Economist Colm McCarthy: is among the members of the expert group that presented an initial report suggesting a framework for a 14-month investigation into the €64 billion bailout.

Disagreement on the cross-party committee on the scope and time frame of the inquiry

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister says measure would tackle homelessness and house shortages

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has signalled ‘less cut backs and less tax increases’ than previously expected in October’s budget. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Cabinet to hear today about not as demanding approach in October , Howlin says

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan , receiving the seal of office from President Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony in Aras an Uachtarain. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Charlie Flanagan held ‘constructive’ meeting with Gerry Adams in Dublin

Ciarán Lynch: “The issue of cost is one that the inquiry team is very conscious of and it has been dealt with at every meeting to date.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynch insists there will be no ‘showboating’ when TV questioning starts from April

Michael McNamara: provisions “are so broad it means that one is entitled to compensation, but one will not get compensation”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Labour TD concerned landowners denied felling licences would not get compensation

“We have at the moment the highest number of women representatives around the table in the history of the State. So it’s not about an individual reshuffle here,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today, in relation to the reshuffle of junior ministers. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

‘Ministerial titles are not a conduit to success personally or politically,’ says Kenny

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