Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said: “Ireland is now rated at A grade by two of the three main rating agencies, our international reputation continues to improve and the NTMA continues to do an excellent job in securing stable and low cost funding for the State.”

Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded its view on Irish sovereign debt to A-, citing improved trends in the economy and reduced “vulnerabilities” in the (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has suggested that the Government will begin talks with trade unions next year on restoring pay and pensions for public sector workers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The State’s largest public service trade union Impact has welcomed comments from Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin indiciating that the G(...)

Terry Quinn: will be on secondment from the Central Bank while working for the Tánaiste. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour Party leader Joan Burton has appointed a senior Central Bank official as her chief economic adviser in Government, and will also choose a civi(...)

Support for Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael is down four percentage points while support for Sinn Fein was up four points. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A new opinion poll has put voter support for Sinn Féin just one point behind Fine Gael. Sinn Féin is at 24 per cent while Fine Gael is at 25 percent, (...)

Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD This goes to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan for services to “so-called whistleblowers”. Callinan’s headline(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton outside government buildings earlier this month. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has agreed a €44million package to assist families with the cost of water bills from next year.The Tanaiste and Minister for Social Pro(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the housing supply should be “dramatically increased” to tackle the homelessness cr(...)

Political self-analysis

The MacGill Summer School is in full swing with politicians, lobbyists and critics gathering to identify necessary reforms; settle personal scores and(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: “It is unacceptable that a child could spend half their life in a direct provision centre – in poverty, marginalised, stigmatised.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reform of the “direct provision” system - asylum seekers can spend up to nine years waiting for a decision on their application with no right to work (...)

An Tanáiste Joan Burton with Glenties residents including Michael Glynn, chairman of the Glenties Amalgamated CE scheme, enjoying a local walk. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tanáiste Joan Burton has called for politicians to work with the people to restore faith in the institutions of State. Countering widespread cynicis(...)