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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny warned today that the Government was not in a position to “write large cheques” while conceding tax figures published this afternoon were “quite strong”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Government not in position to ‘write large cheques’

An usher in the entrance lobby of Leinster House:  their  main issues of concern focus on rostering and worries about possible loss of earnings, as well as their  safety

The main issues of concern for the ushers focus on rostering and worries about possible loss of earnings

Martin Fraser, the secretary general  at the  Department of the Taoiseach

For the special or press adviser, once their minister is out, so are they

Terry Quinn: will be on secondment from the Central Bank while working for the Tánaiste. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chief economic adviser to Labour Party leader to be in position before budget

The then minister for health James Reilly speaking to media atfter the Cabinet’s decision to approve the publication his tobacco legislation in June. He will retain some responsibility for tobacco control in his new post  Photograph: Alan Betson

Portugal, Bulgaria and Slovakia object to plans drawn up by James Reilly

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell said he does not know how the reported “deferential attitude” to the Garda had developed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister sees ‘alarmingly different’ picture compared with his time in office

The Coalition said in May that the free allowance for children would be set at 38,000 litres per year, but draft price plans published by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) yesterday said “the normal consumption of a child is currently expected to be 21,000 litres per year”.

Allocation of 38,000 litres announcedby Government cut to 21,000 litres

 An Irish Water meter being installed in Maynooth,  Co Kildare.

Analysis: Most homeowners will not be clear on full cost of water until meters are installed

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