The Coalition is taking the benefit of increased consumer spending and the rise in job-creation, which will make it easier for Enda Kenny to consolidate his relationship with Joan Burton. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ministers face mounting expectations of an easing of the tax burden in budget

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny warned that the economic situation remains fragile. “We are not in a position to write large cheques,” he said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kenny and Burton confirm they will maintain cautious approach

Leo Varakar: will brief his Cabinet colleagues on the investigation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar expects report on case by end of the month

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: in a note in the brochure for the event Mr Kenny said attendees can support the party’s work for Ireland by attending the “Fine Gael London Dinner”. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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Minister Leo Varadkar: due to give update on abortion controversy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tax cuts are part of economic plan

‘Before they went away last month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and newly-installed Tánaiste Joan Burton pledged to publish a tax reform plan in the coming budget “to be delivered over a number of budgets”.’  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

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Clockwise from main: current president Herman Van Rompuy, Enda Kenny, Donald Tusk, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Andrus Ansip, Jyrki Katainen, Valdis Dombrovskis. PHOTOGRAPHS: Reuters, Bloomberg

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Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Indecision a source of embarrassment in face of political unrest and deflation threat

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, speaking yesterday in Kiev after the army lost a key town to separatists, said the situation in the conflict zone in the east was “extraordinarily difficult . . . but controllable”.

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