Pat Rabbitte: “The Labour Party’s continuing objectives in relation to USC is to continue to moderate it and to continue to restructure and reform it.” Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte has said the idea of abolishing the Universal Social Charge (USC) as “fanciful”.“The notion that you can abolish it at a strok(...)

Declan O’Sullivan will continue his club career but says it would be impossible to play on for Kerry. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Declan O’Sullivan has announced his inter-county retirement although thanks to some “corrective work” on his knees he will be able to continue his clu(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The eve of the crucial Cabinet meeting today to approve a simpler and less expensive water charge system was dominated by sharp disputes about tactics(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Siptu president Jack O’Connor, Mindy O’Brien of Voice and Roderic O’Gorman of the Green Party at the seminar in the Mansion House in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The manner in which Tánaiste Joan Burton was treated by some anti-water charge protesters in Tallaght at the weekend was “totally unacceptable”, Green(...)

Lower charges for families are understood to apply until metering, and the moves are designed to allay political anxiety about households who feared they would have to pay €800 or €900 annually. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:43

The Government is considering measures to ensure the total water charges bill for families with adult children comes in well below the maximum €424 t(...)

Anti-water charge marchers on the streets of  O’Connell St, Dublin  when  thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the new  charge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Senior figures in the Coalition yesterday called for a major recasting of Irish Water by setting up a Government committee to re-examine the entire(...)

Austin Stacks’ William Kirby in action against Colm Cooper of Dr Crokes. “Your career is short enough and I’m finding it hard to walk away.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/inpho

Two ways of looking at this. William Kirby, who lines out for Austin Stacks in tomorrow’s Kerry county final, will be 40 next February. Or – just a se(...)

Irish Parliamentary Party  leader John Redmond.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has suggested that John Redmond was a “man of violence” who sent thousands of his fellow Irishmen to their deaths in t(...)

The current German government is pursuing economic policies that allowed the Nazis come to power in the 1930s, Siptu president Jack O’Connor said. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The present German government is pursuing economic policies which allowed the Nazis to come to power in the 1930s, Siptu president Jack O’Connor has s(...)

In an article published in Siptu newspaper Liberty,  Jack O’Connor said the Government needed to invest in a proper water supply while retaining it under public ownership and control.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government could have defused widespread public anger over water charges by proposing a more far-reaching tax credit in the recent budget, Siptu p(...)