Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Economic Management Council drew up contingency plans for the collapse of the euro when the single currency entered its most serious period of cr(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil that it was important that Ireland has banks “which function properly as banks and which lend credit”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for the bankruptcy period of three years to be reviewed with the possibility of reducing it further.But she ruled out (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the launch of the Low Pay Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is morally unacceptable for families with people in work to be experiencing poverty, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He said work should alwa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a video interview with ‘Irish Times’ Political Editor Stephen Collins 10:52

Fine Gael has tied its political fortunes firmly to its Labour Coalition partners as the battle lines for the next election were clearly drawn over(...)

Repair work is carried out on the stern of Galway hooker Naomh Bairbre which sailed from Chicago across the Atlantic in 2006. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 2:42

When a Connemara-born construction worker began building his life’s dream in an abandoned spice factory down by the Chicago river, friends back hom(...)

Damien O’Neill of Greenwood Park in Coolock was sent   to prison for 56 days. Photograph: Collins Courts

Two of the five water protesters have been committed to prison for 56 days, with the remaining three for 28 days. The punishment for contempt i(...)

Minister of State for equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister of State for equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said Government is moving to prohibit discrimination against tenants in receipt of rent supplemen(...)

 Enda Kenny: “These reforms aim to provide the necessary supports to lone parents to help them access a range of education, training and employment programmes, develop a skill-set and, ultimately, secure employment and financial independence.’’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Changes to lone-parent welfare entitlements were aimed at reducing long-term social welfare dependency, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said.He said it was to e(...)

 Clare Daly’s Bill calling for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities will be put to a vote on Tuesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Clare Daly’s Bill calling for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities will be put to a vote on Tuesday, and Monday night saw Labour’s Anne (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly has established a working group, which includes representatives from several Government departments, to look at the childcare issue. Photograph: Collins

Government efforts to make childcare more affordable and allow increased numbers of parents to enter the workplace are likely to focus on widening acc(...)