The Labour Party leader says that home ownership being available to young people is a “valuable” part of Irish society.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she might favour a return to a situation where county councils acted as low-cost mortgage providers for some househol(...)

 Charles Haughey: “wanted to get in on the action”. Photograph: Colman Doyle

Fianna Fáil had a formidable (and, at times, notorious) fundraising operation since Taca was set up in the 1960s. Most of the funds it raised were in (...)

The proposals from the Department of Finance included a recommendation that appeals should only be made to the High Court, and that appeals to the Circuit Court would no longer be allowed. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Controversial proposals by the Department of Finance to make tax appeal hearings open to the public for the first time have met strong resistance from(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht Heather Humphreys with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin at the launch of the 1916 Centenary Programme in the National Museum, Collins Barracks, earlier this week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:02

The seven multimillion euro projects that will become “permanent reminders” of the 1916 Easter Rising will all be completed in time for next year’s ce(...)

 Keeping up the pressure: a water meter in Dublin. The Government’s proposed payment compliance measures include deducting water bills from wages. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People registered with Irish Water will also have to register with the Department of Social Protection if they want to receive a water conservation gr(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Minister brought the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Cabinet has approved a Bill that will compel schools to publish admission policies and ban requests for deposits to secure places. The Education ((...)

One-fifth of schools in the State are oversubscribed, with Gaelcholáistí, in particular, having an oversubscription rate of about 30 per cent. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Cabinet has approved a Bill that will compel schools to publish their admission policies and ban requests for deposits to secure places.The Education (...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will bring the Bill to the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is expected to approve a Bill today that will compel schools to publish their admission policies and will also ban the seeking of de(...)

Proposals by Minister for Communications Alex White to designate the Six Nations rugby championship free-to-air on TV will be resisted by Fine Gael Ministers, according to party sources.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Proposals by Minister for Communications Alex White to designate the Six Nations rugby championship free-to-air on TV will be resisted by Fine Gael Mi(...)

Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, was critical of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the position he has taken on Greece. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

A Green Party plan to create 10 new regional banks around the country is being examined for feasibility by the Department of Finance. The plan to crea(...)