People who hold junior Anglo Irish Bank debt will not be repaid in “any circumstances”, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speaking in Dublin, Mr Kenny sa(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has denied there is a disagreement between Fine Gael and Labour over tax reform but says the issue has lead to “strong debate and discussion” between the Coalition parties.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has denied there is a disagreement between Fine Gael and Labour over tax reform but says the issue has lead to “strong debate and(...)

Electricity pylons near New Ross, Co Wexford. EirGrid is to seek planning permission for the contentious GridWest and GridLink projects at the end of next year and in the middle of 2016 respectively. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

EirGrid is to seek planning permission for the contentious GridWest and GridLink projects at the end of next year and in the middle of 2016 respective(...)

A file photograph of a  squirrel looking for food in a snow covered Merrion Square in Dublin.Met Éireann has forecast flurries of snow on higher ground in the west,  east and north of the country this weekend. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/ The Irish Times.

Snow is coming, for some at least, with occasional flurries forecast for this weekend. Met Éireann said some “bitterly cold and rather blustery” weath(...)

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll showing that less half of households intend to pay the water charges has been described as “disastrous” news for the Government,  Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll showing that less half of households intend to pay the water charges has been described as “disastrous” news for the G(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says many measures could be introduced to prevent a future property bubble “without dumping on first-time buyers”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New mortgage rules demanding an increased deposit from buyers are a blunt instrument and discriminatory as well, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has said. (...)

Former Progressive Democrat and Fianna Fáil minister Des O’Malley has denied ever having had an Ansbacher account.  Photograph: Dave Meehan 2:39

Five former politicians named in the Dáil by Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald as having been in a dossier of alleged offshore account holders have reje(...)

Representatives of business groups told the Oireachtas Justice Committee that aggressive begging had become more prevalent in the last 12 months and that additional garda resources were required to address the issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Citizens and visitors to Dublin are experiencing “a fear factor” when in the city as a result of a rise in the occurrence of aggressive begging, the O(...)

Minister of State  for Overseas Development Aid Seán Sherlock, Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan and Erik Solheim of the OECD at the launch of a review of Ireland’s aid programme  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Government has been urged to set a date for fulfilling a pledge to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) to overseas developmen(...)

A man walks past flowers left near Leinster House in Dublin, where a man was found dead this morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 2:50

Homeless groups have warned of grave risks facing rough sleepers following the death of a homeless man a short distance from Leinster House in Dublin.(...)