Michael Lowry: TD spent most of his allowance on PR and consultancy in the second half  of 2014. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry spent most of his parliamentary leaders’ allowance in the second half of 2014 on PR and consultancy fees,(...)

Patrick’s Hill viewed from Patrick Street in  Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Some 18 former lords mayor of Cork have warned that the city will cease to function if it loses its powers to self-govern. The 18, from Fianna Fái(...)

Mr Justice George Birmingham: “That recently appointed judges are being treated less favourably than other entrants to the public service is invidious.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Association of Judges of Ireland has suggested to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin that newly appointed judges are the subject of “(...)

The total paid by the Exchequer to non-party members of the Dáil and Seanad in 2014 was €812,989 - €563,859 to TDs and €249,000 to non-party members of the Seanad. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of complaints of alleged unethical behaviour by politicians received by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) increased slightly(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin,  said it would be up to the next government to decide on a new mechanism for objectively determining public service pay. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

With the improvements in the public finances, and the economy envisaged to return to a period of regular growth, a new system for determining pay in t(...)

Banking inquiry: The whistleblower also alleges preferential treatment was extended to the Central Bank among others. Photograph: Getty Images

A whistleblower has alleged investigators at the banking inquiry dined with a participant a few days before its representatives appeared before the(...)

Allegations set out in an  RTÉ Investigations Unit programme regarding  the publicly funded St Vincent’s University Hospital are understood not to have  been included in an  original letter from a whistleblower sent to  Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

While a number of investigations into allegations of procurement irregularities in hospitals were under way before the Prime Time report by the RTÉ In(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said it was an “absolute red line” that the corporation tax rate did not go beyond 12.5 per cent.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said his “mantra” for budgets is that they should be “economically smart and socially just”. He said personal (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin TD speaks at the National Economic Dialogue. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said childcare and pensions were among the key “pressure points” that had emerged at the Nat(...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny ... “Why the harsh tone about Greece last Sunday?”Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The politicians will soon be off on their holidays. The country is still standing. There is the odd fire but overall, the leadership is pleased with i(...)