Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance speaking to media. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government has announced details of a new capital investment plan for counties Cork and Kerry. Six Government ministers attended an ev(...)

Brendan Howlin: Minister for Public Expenditure  denied it would be a waste of money if the inquiry could not report. ‘In many ways it was a pathfinder of a committee on how we go about Oireachtas inquiries,’ he said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry believe there is a strong chance the committee will fail to produce a final report. The committee will today(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said low and middle income earners needed to be prioritised.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour will reduce but not abolish the Universal Social Charge for those earning over €100,000, the party said on Monday. Tanaiste Joan Burton and Min(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two years after the controversy began over millions of euro in top-up payments being made to health service executives, the Department of Health and t(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is due for a pension rise under the Public Interest Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

Any argument for restoring up to €1,700 to the pension of former taoiseach Brian Cowen is “truly demented”, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House in this file photograph.

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has condemned as “disgraceful” the restoration of pensions to former taoisigh and ministers. She said up to (...)

Brendan Howlin said the ‘desirable’ UHI model remains an objective for the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has insisted it remains committed to universal affordable healthcare despite dropping its original plan for Universal Health Insurance (...)

Brendan Howlin said: ‘We empathise with decent, honest, honourable people going about their business’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Paris attacks could happen in any European city but Irish Muslims should not be “stigmatised” in the aftermath of events in the French capital, Br(...)

Ministers Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael will lead the next government but only the Labour Party is willing and able to provide stability and balance with its coalition partners, Mi(...)

Tim Collins has been active in the media sector for more than a decade.

Newstalk has appointed Ocean FM head Tim Collins as its chief executive, subject to regulatory approval. As well as leading Northwest-based Ocean FM, (...)