Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan presenting last year’s budget: this year’s will boost after-tax incomes for the first time in seven years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 2:18

The battle lines for the next general election will be drawn in today’s budget, which will provide for a modest boost to after-tax incomes for the (...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  said to have told a private meeting at the Fine Gael “think-in” in Co Cork on Thursday that the true level of his department’s budget adjustment in 2014 is €900 million. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost 300 hospital beds will be closed and 2,400 fewer high-tech operations carried out next year if the Government insists on making further spendin(...)

The Rehab Group headquarters in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Rehab director and long-time senior Fine Gael adviser Frank Flannery billed the charity for consulting services in 2011 and 2012 using a company that (...)

The Government has ruled out creating a redress scheme for former residents of the Bethany Mother and Child Home and stated that they will not be able(...)