Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  part of the Haddington Road agreement “is the winding back of some of the pay reductions during the course of 2016 and 2017 and into 2018, if I recall”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A deal to restore pay to public sector workers is “certainly not” guaranteed, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said. Ho(...)

Paul Murphy has said “we’re going to fight on this issue and protest in massive numbers when the Government refuse to listen”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 2:03

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said the Government will introduce a mechanism to ensure people who comply with water charges are n(...)

An Irish setter wearing a Michael Jackson costume takes part in a St Patrick’s Day parade in Tokyo. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images.

An estimated 30,000 people watched Asia’slargest St Patrick’s Day parade snake through central Tokyo in glorious sunshine on Sunday afternoon.The city(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said he will invite public service unions to talks after the Government receives exchequer figures for the first quarter.

There is no certainty that a deal can be reached between the Government and trade unions on pay restoration for public service staff, a senior officia(...)

 Minister Ged Nash said a recent survey by employers’ group Ibec had indicated that 57 per cent of companies planned to increase basic pay this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The trend for pay increases in many parts of the economy is expected to continue, the Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has said.He said a(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: Said he has been given assurances that the national economic dialogue will not make any decisions on pay. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators expressed concern at separate private party meetings last night about the effectiveness of existing measures to (...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Photograph: Frank Miller /	Irish Times

The Government is not in a position to fully reverse cuts made to public sector pay in the wake of the crash, the secretary general of the Department (...)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, at the launch of Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy, at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Irish people should not “lose the run of (themselves)” on pay levels because the economy is in recovery.He said the new (...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)

 Enda Kenny will insist the Coalition remains committed to reform on the basis of accountability and transparency. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today tell an employers’ group the Coalition will not return to the “old culture” of deals struck between interest groups (...)