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(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on highly paid consultants and civil servants to forgo pension increases. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on highly paid consultants and civil servants to forgo pension increases following controversy over rising payments as(...)

The Arklow/Rathnew Motorway the M11 looking north which was officially opened by Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country has been bypassed with the opening of a new section of the M11 in Co Wicklow. The Arklow/R(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen said legislation should be changed to ensure former senior politicians did not get pension increases. Photograph: Brian Lawless

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has said legislation should be changed to ensure former senior politicians do not get pension increases. Mr Cowen told T(...)