The crowd in the courtyard of Dublin Castle  react as the result of the same-sex marriage referendum is announced. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

So here was that appalling vista blossoming before us. And you know what? The view was wonderful. In the end, two-thirds of Irish voters found it an e(...)

Jyrki Katainen: favours a more market-focused emphasis.  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty

He has held the office of finance minister, party leader and prime minister, and all before the age of 40, but Jyrki Katainen faced one of his toughes(...)

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen said it was vital that Ireland continued to reform the country and reduce public debt, particularly when the economic climate was benign

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen has warned the Government it must continue with structural reforms and fiscal consolidation despite (...)

The official maximum waiting times or targets range from 20 weeks to one year. ‘Now there are over 50,000 patients for whom these waiting times have been breached,’ wrote Leo  Varadkar

There are 50,000 people now waiting longer for hospital appointments, procedures and tests than official targets set out by the HSE. The figure was re(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The prudent and right approach is to prepare for the exit in an orderly way.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said he was not in a position to predict when the talks on reversing public service pay cuts would con(...)

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are each paid €80,810 annually. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed in th(...)

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed to th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government was ‘well aware’ of the concerns   flagged by the European Commission.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said public servants cannot expect a “blank cheque” in pay negotiations which are due to start on Tuesday. Speaking on his wa(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: The Department of the Taoiseach and the HSE are reporting a 100 per cent rise in Freedom of Information requests. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some Government departments are reporting a 100 per cent increase in Freedom of Information requests since Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (...)

Sources said if the first €27,000 of income was exempted from the public-service pension levy, it would generate a boost in earnings for staff of about €800 per year. Photograph: Getty Images.

Unions are to seek a flat-rate pay increase for staff in the public service through changing the way the pension levy is applied. Sources said (...)