Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

Politicians, they can’t get no respect! Except in Russia, where last week, to celebrate the 62nd birthday of Vladimir Putin, a Moscow gallery opened a(...)

Micheál Martin: described as “sinister’’ the manner in which the email had been leaked

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dismissed out of hand an accusation by a Fine Gael backbench TD that he is attempting to damage his reputation. Seán Conlan (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin today described as “sinister’’ the leaking of a letter to the Taoiseach about a diamond engagement ring, which a Fin(...)

A man sits on barriers erected to keep demonstrators away from Leinster House during the announcement of the 2015 Budget

The Government slicked on the gloss yesterday and got down to some long, slow and serious general election seduction.The Austerity Twins have left the(...)

From left during the Budget speech this afternoon: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Cabinet colleagues Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton 2:54

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced plans to reduce the Universal Social Charge and the higher rate of income tax, and introduce measure(...)

“Because we have emerged from a deep pit doesn’t mean that we have now an abundance of money - we haven’t,” Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said today. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said there will be no more cuts but stressed Ireland could not return to a situation in (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was speaking at the annual dinner held by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce this evening. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said next week’s budget will see the first step in reducing the 52 per cent tax on low and middle income earners, a rate he s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, with Tánaiste Joan Burton and Labour’s Kevin Humphreys. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Conducted on Monday and Tuesday of this week, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll reveals a jump of four points in support for Sinn Féin. Fine Gael(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “There is a serious supply-and-demand situation, particularly in the greater Dublin area.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A five-year social housing strategy is to be published by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly soon after next week’s budget, the Taoiseach told t(...)