Dessie Larkin, who was previously a Fianna Fáil councillor, is facing nine allegations relating to incidents that occurred in 2006.

A former Fianna Fáil councillor has denied that negligent or reckless behaviour on his part led him to allegedly breach ethics in public office rules (...)

Social Justice Ireland director Seán Healy and analyst Michelle Murphy at the publication of the organisation’s post-budget analysis. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The distribution of positive measures in the budget was dramatically skewed in favour of the better off and has widened the rich-poor gap in the State(...)

Arrangements between Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and the Department of Education relating to school transport services breach EU rules but do not represent illegal State aid, the European Commission has said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Arrangements between Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and the Department of Education relating to school transport services breach EU rules but do not repre(...)

The two Government Ministers who announced the Budget have said it was principally directed at the “squeezed middle” or “coping classes” in society. A(...)

From left during the Budget speech this afternoon: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Cabinet colleagues Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton 2:54

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced plans to reduce the Universal Social Charge and the higher rate of income tax, and introduce measure(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin (above) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have received  pre-budget submissions and met groups ahead of  tomorrow’s budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Having had to introduce a series of unpopular budgets since coming to power in 2011, this year’s process must feel a little alien to the Coalition. Th(...)

The winners: Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy celebrates taking the Dublin South West byelection (left) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) savours his victory in the Roscommon South-Leitrim byelection. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times and Brian Farrell.

Paul Murphy of the Anti-Austerity Alliance and Indpendent candidate Michael Fitzmaurice have recorded surprise wins in the Dublin South West and Rosco(...)

Nat O’Connor, Tasc’s research director, said cutting VAT by 1 per cent - at a cost to the exchequer of €350 million - would help to kick-start the economy by boosting domestic consumption and the spending power of lower income households in particular.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government should lower VAT rather than income tax in the budget next week if it wants to give something back to the public in an equitable and su(...)

Dublin gaelic footballer Michael  Darragh MacAuley (left) was among those who addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Health on the dangers of concussion today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A sharp rise in the number of young people reporting to the emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin with head injuries has been linked(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with   John McNulty (right). Photograph: Donegal Daily 2:24

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed Fine Gael’s Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty has effectively withdrawn from the race.Mr Kenny told the Dáil(...)