The spring statement was designed to  bring political debate back to where Fine Gael and Labour feel they are strongest: the economy. Photograph: Screengrab Oireachtas TV

As a political spectacle, Tuesday’s spring statement was a non-event. As a political tactic, it may prove valuable for the Coalition in the long run.M(...)

Government sources said a Eurostat decision will be factored into October’s budget. The Coalition has insisted that Irish Water will be treated as a semi-State company.

Irish Water’s spending is provisionally included on the Government books until at least 2020 in the figures published yesterday. However this could ch(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  announcing the Governement’s Spring Statement to the Dáil. 5:10

The Government could cut income tax and the crippling Universal Social Charge (USC) every year for the next five years.Minister for Finance Michael No(...)

What does the Spring Statement have in store? Follow all the action on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Follow the publication of the Spring Statement on irishtimes.com where our journalists will be bringing you the latest news and analysis throughout th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government’s spring economic statement is an opportunity for it to set out a plan for where it wants to the country to be over the next few of years. Photograph: Collins

The spring economic statement is an opportunity for the Government to set out where it wants the country to be over the next number of years, accordin(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister Alex White as they launched the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Stephen Collins.

Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was “right and appropriate” that public sector workers enter talks with the Government on restoring pay levels.She said (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has ruled out reversing cuts to public sector pay in “one big bang”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and R(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Another senior union official will today rule out additional productivity or reforms in return for pay restoration in the public service. (...)

Minister Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure said the Spring Statement will be  a “snapshot of where we are” and where the country is going. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A draft Dáil schedule shows the Spring Statement will be detailed at 2pm next Tuesday, April 28th.The two Government party whips were given a copy of (...)

Brendan Howlin: “What I have always said is that we won’t be able to undo the Fempi legislation in one year or, in fact, in two years either. It will be a gradual increase to restore pay”

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have indicated that any public sector pay rises will be staggered over a (...)