Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton recently said the Government is committed to maintaining core welfare rates, while taking a zero-tolerance approach towards welfare fraud

Members of the public made more than 21,000 anonymous tip-offs of suspected welfare fraud last year.The increase – up from just under 1,000 in the yea(...)

Few would deny that money devoted to early childcare and parental support is well spent. Studies by the OECD have found that Irish child-minding costs(...)

Brendan Howlin, Michael Noonan, Enda Kenny and Joan Burton speak at small business funding event earlier this year. The four form the Government’s Economic Management Council. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Banks who stand in the way of “sensible” deals being struck with distressed borrowers could see their controversial veto – granted to them when a new(...)

Joe Duffy:  only really starts to sound relaxed again on Wednesday, as Liveline resumes its role as the nation’s outlet for gripes about contemporary life.  Photo:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The air may be distressingly thick with cases of murdered women, but as Joe Duffy discusses the long unsolved female homicide, he sounds positively ch(...)

The Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

Officials in Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s department are working on proposals that could see the historic Rotunda Hospital move to a new locatio(...)

Workers and union representatives on the picket line at Dunnes in  Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The trade union Mandate has said its one-day strike at Dunnes Stores was a “massive success” and warned that the dispute could escalate. The union’s (...)

Dunnes Stores workers picketing outside a Henry Street outlet, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Griffin 2:04

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for Dunnes Stores management to engage with the State’s industrial relations machinery as more than 5,000 of its worke(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has indicated he would welcome a move to allow gardaí to have access to PPS numbers to enforce penalty points. (...)

A nine-point jump in the satisfaction rating for Taoiseach Enda Kenny is a positive for Fine Gael, with 73 per cent of the party’s own supporters expressing satisfaction with his performance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The rise in support for Fine Gael in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll is no great surprise, given that it did so badly in the last one, but it w(...)

Support for Sinn Féin has increased to 24 per cent, a gain of two points. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thursday’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll contains welcome news for Fine Gael, with early evidence of a recovery in support. On 24 per cent, Fine Gael ha(...)