The only new tax increase to be announced by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will be an increase in the price of tobacco.

An increase by at least 20 cent on the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes is likely to be the only tax increase announced by Minister for Finance Mi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has again declined to comment on the likely date of the election. Photograph: PA 2:52

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has again declined to comment on when the general election will be held. Speaking on his way into Cabinet on Tuesday, the Fine Ga(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar raised the prospect of ‘bonuses and excellence awards’ for hospital consultants. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Following the economic crash and the consequent widespread job losses, salary cuts and pay freezes, the whole concept of employment bonuses became pol(...)

Fine Gael and Labour only need to gain a few points each to be in with a great chance of winning an historic second term.

Election fever has swept the corridors of Leinster House as the omens begin pointing more clearly to a November contest. While nobody knows for certai(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin  and  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaking to media after the publication of exchequer returns at the Department of Finance. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For years they swayed in a vicious wind on the edge of a cliff, staring into The Abyss. When they weren’t clinging on by their toenails, they were bus(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said Ireland ranked third in expenditure on the social areas, with only Denmark and Finland spending more.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signalled the General Election will be next spring. Answering questions in the Dail on T(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving Fine(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Heuston station: “They gathered up all the shiny things they gave the country over the last four years and made a big deal of handing them over again.” Photograph: The Irish Times 3:43

“Bing Bong! We are now approaching Heuston station. Will politicians at the rear of the platform please move forward to the microphones in order to al(...)

Astute timing on spending

The greatly improved state of the national finances has made increased public investment in transport, infrastructure and services both more necessary(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Joan Burton at the launch of the Government’s Capital Investment Plan, at Heuston station, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government on Tuesday announced a capital plan worth €27 billion over the next six years. The capital programme aims to provide for major infrastr(...)