There are currently two State pension schemes: a contributory scheme and a non-contributory scheme

On September 3rd, 2008, minister for finance Brian Lenihan warned that the economic slowdown had become “more pronounced” over the summer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Lenihan told ministers tax shortfall would hit €6.5bn on day pay increases agreed

About 900,000 workers in the private sector have no pension arrangement at all for their retirement, other than the contributory State pension. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of older people is rising fast and they are living longer, putting pressure on both private and public pension schemes(...)

In the 10 years to 2013 the number of people receiving contributory or non-contributory pensions increased  115 per cent to 420,000

Demographic pressures threaten viability of State pension scheme, say officials

The HSE, which provides about €200m for the public hospitals in the St Vincent’s Healthcare group, said it was not aware of Nicky Jermyn’s appointment. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Clash looming with HSE over appointment of former CEO as new director of strategy

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  said a lot of the progress made in the area of hospital overcrowding  since the Government took office in 2011 had been reversed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health says much of progress made in area of overcrowding has been reversed

Consumer confidence is on the rise and Christmas sales this year look set to be at their highest level since 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

Employers predict unemployment to fall further next year to about 9 per cent

Gerard (Ged) Nash of the Labour Party: ‘It is up to us to make sure that people can start to feel the real benefits of economic recovery.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Business says onus is on profitable firms who have kept pay down to raise salaries

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar “[It’s important] that we give the family and the doctors, who are facing enormous dilemmas now all the support that we can and we try to be as compassionate as we can and not overly certain.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says he was aware of case when he made speech on abortion in Dáil

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