Pictured after today’s publication, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the turnaround “is a direct consequence of the policies pursued by this Government” . Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 1:14

Ireland’s economy is now growing at its fastest rate in seven years, according to the latest Quarterly National Accounts. The figures, published this (...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said Irish soldiers whose travel to the Golan Heights has been delayed by two weeks are ‘anxious to get on and do their job’. File Photograph of Minister in Athlone: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish soldiers whose travel to the Golan Heights has been delayed by two weeks are “anxious to get on and do their job”, Minister for Defence Simon Co(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget to Cabinet this morning, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget (...)

Exterior of Eglinton Hostel Direct Provision centre in Salthill Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Politicians finally appear to be coalescing around the idea that “something must be done” about the more scandalous aspects of Ireland’s direct provis(...)

The National Transport Authority  has determined that tendering about 10 per cent of  Dublin Bus or Bus Éireann’s routes represents little threat to the firms’ overall operations.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has defended controversial plans to put out to tender 10 per cent of bus routes currently operated by Dublin Bu(...)

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has called for a “conversation” about what is driving asylum seekers to protest about their rights and conditions in various centres around the country. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has called for a “conversation” about what is driving asylum seekers to protest about their rights (...)

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.

A legal firm is taking action against the Houses of the Oireachtas over the tendering process to procure legal advice to the forthcoming banking inqui(...)

A file image of Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe (right), with  Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Collins

The Government will look to its “track record” on reducing VAT and introducing tax incentive schemes when framing its upcoming Budget, according to Mi(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and says they must be investigated properly.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and sa(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has called for a transparent approach to budgeting for  health because he believed the Government cannot not be trusted.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has said he is preparing to be Taoiseach and has accused the Government of “playing around with people’s health and (...)