Irish Water has “categorically” insisted its billing system will be fully operational by January when the first bills will be issued

New compensation plans being drafted by Commission for Energy Regulation

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: told colleagues that no one wanted to return
 public finances 
to where they were three or four years ago.

‘Leeway’ of €600m in next month’s budget, Minister tells Cabinet

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan who said there would not be a general election until the spring of 2016 and this should allow enough time for the banking inquiry to complete its work.

Minister says ‘efficient inquiry’ must hear from everybody involved

Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurria: Said the Taoiseach had told him Ireland would work with the OECD to stamp out aggressive tax avoidance strategies by multinationals

‘Is Ireland guilty? Of course not. It’s being used,’ says OECD director

 Ruairí Quinn:  warned the party they must not allow a repeat of what happened to the rainbow coalition, which lost the 1997 election against a strong economic backdrop.

Party likely to push for changes to tax bands and credits

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan says Government agrees with OECD that there is no point in  establishing  special tax code for the digital economy. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Noonan says Ireland has been actively involved in all aspects of discussions on tax

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has tabled a Dáil motion calling on the Government to move the writs for  byelections in Dublin South West and Roscommon South- Leitrim immediately. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Votes in Dublin South West and Roscommon South- Leitrim likely on same day as Seanad byelection

Nama chairman Frank Daly  at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour Party  at White’s hotel, Wexford, yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Agency says it will pay upfront costs for social housing on developments it funds

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said there is “more than one way to skin a cat” when it comes to striking a deal with Europe on Ireland’s debt. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Options were laid out to the party’s ministerial team at a briefing last week

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