Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget to Cabinet this morning, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan who said there would not be a general election until the spring of 2016 and this should allow enough time for the banking inquiry to complete its work.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he will not personally intervene to ask former ECB president Jean Claude Trichet to attend the banking in(...)

 Ruairí Quinn:  warned the party they must not allow a repeat of what happened to the rainbow coalition, which lost the 1997 election against a strong economic backdrop.

Labour is likely to push for changes in tax bands and credits, instead of flat rate cuts in the budget, as former party leader Ruairí Quinn warned aga(...)

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton  during the Labour Party  think-in  at Whites Hotel, Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It’s always nice to start the day with a smile and Labour’s parliamentary party enjoyed a good laugh first thing yesterday morning when they heard the(...)

Nama chairman Frank Daly  at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour Party  at White’s hotel, Wexford, yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The National Asset Management Agency is to provide the upfront funding for social housing under proposals being considered by the Government as one o(...)

Chin wag: Labour party members pose for a group photo at Whites Hotel In Wexford. “When you shoot people from above, it tends to eliminate double chins,” explained a photographer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It appeared Labour was taking the weekend’s opinion poll very badly.Their annual think-in didn’t sound like it was going too well either. As the openi(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said there is “more than one way to skin a cat” when it comes to striking a deal with Europe on Ireland’s debt. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Labour Party ministers have considered a number of options for next month’s budget, including cutting the higher and lower rate of income tax and the (...)

The director of Social Justice Ireland Fr Seán Healy:   published the result of a study of six possible changes in  Budget 2015.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Coalition’s two economic Ministers will this week open negotiations with Government colleagues on departmental spending ahead of next month’s b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: expects Leo  Varadkar to be ‘a very competent Minister for Health’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today the economy was improving but warned no one will be walking down the street feeling “like a millionaire” following the(...)

Brendan Howlin says political agreement could be reached at the informal finance ministers’ meeting in Milan this week.

Ireland has won German backing to refinance part of its bailout loans, according to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. Speaking to report(...)