Joe Higgins and Richard Boyd Barrett: challenged the quality of art and philosophy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was wall to wall Aer Lingus in Leinster House. The plinth was badly congested all afternoon as an endless queue of TDs and Senators from north Co D(...)

“We are now trying to rebuild. We need to have robust lending patterns,” Mr Howlin said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The final decision on whether or not home buyers should be required to save a deposit of 20 per cent towards their property purchase is up to the Cent(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: changes ‘more than merely cosmetic’. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Government had introduced more reform in the past three years in appointment procedures for State boards than was achieved in the past 90 years, (...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: opposed benchmarking and social partnership while Fine Gael were in opposition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A private meeting of Fine Gael Ministers this week heard concerns expressed about the emerging prospect of new talks with the social partners on issue(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney “should have known better” than to say he is willing to consider a pact with Fianna Fáil after the next election.

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney “should have known better” than to say he(...)

Minster for Agriculture Simon Coveney: ‘No major impediment preventing Fine Gael  from entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been mixed reaction within Fine Gael to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s comment that there was no major impediment preventing it f(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said “We are not going back to social partnership in the way that it was”, in reply  to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out a return to the traditional social partnership model.“We are not going back to social partnership in the way that i(...)

Fine Gael TD and Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney who has refused to rule out a coalition with Fianna Fáil after the next election. Photograph: Collins

Another senior figure in Fine Gael has said he is willing to consider a pact with Fianna Fáil after the next election, breaking a rivalry between b(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin says Irish Water needs to increase spending to fix water problems in the country. Photograph: Eric Luke

About 60 per cent of the total number of homes expected to pay bills have registered with Irish Water with under two weeks until the deadline.Irish Wa(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “I read speculation of it having a five-year tax plan. I discussed that with Michael Noonan and he is as perplexed as I am. There is no such intention.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Labour Party has reacted angrily to the prospect of a five-year tax reform plan being included in the Government’s forthcoming spring statement on(...)