Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said the next budget will have to be ‘prudent’.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister says ‘rational decisions’ needed on how to deploy a small amount of money

Independent TD Clare Daly: claimed every Irish family had experienced abortion, although ‘some of them may not know it’. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent TD claims every Irish family has experienced abortion

Publisher Transworld Ireland issues statement of clarification

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said no-one wants to return to economic cycles of “bubble and boom and bust”. Speaking in Dublin today after an Irish Fiscal Advisory Council report urged the Coalition to proceed with another tough budget next month.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Tánaiste notes ‘important’ report by Fiscal Advisory Council which calls for tough budget

Will he or won’t he? Michael Noonan faces calls to introduce a prudent budget. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Growning number of experts say Coalition should deliver harsh budget

Irish society should not allow a “business as usual” approach to take hold but should formulate a new set of ethical principles, President Michael D Higgins has said. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Higgins says signs in housing and credit markets that State returning to old ways

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: flagging a housing investment programme focusing on social and affordable homes due to be announced on or around budget day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste reveals ‘Love/Hate’ relationship with housing issues

Undated archive picture of former taoiseach Charlie Haughey on a horse

Book on TK Whitaker claims riding incident injuries were due to severe beating in a pub

 Asylum-seeker residents earlier this month at the Montague Hotel,  Portlaoise protesting about  conditions in which they live under the direct provision system. Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has reiterated his criticism of direct provision and said he wanted to change the system rather than make excuses for it.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister of State reiterates criticism of direct provision and says he wants to change system

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