Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

Colm Keaveney:  said a report had revealed that 3,000 “vulnerable children” were on a  mental health services waiting list, with 400 waiting for longer than one year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney described Tánaiste Joan Burton as “a cold-hearted technocrat” in sharp exchanges on children’s waiting lists for mental (...)

 Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was about to become Irish Water’s debt collector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Tánaiste Joan Burton as a “wimp’’ after claiming she failed to say if she supported the deduction(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: said certain people were not allowed to register on the Live Register as unemployed, which meant they did not have access to various job-activation programmes, education and training

The Low Pay Commission’s report is expected to come before the Cabinet at the end of July, Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Dáil. She said it would(...)

Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was to become Irish Water’s debt collector, “sticking your hand into the pockets of families who are struggling to provide for their children or to pay their mortgage or rent’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times. 2:02

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Tánaiste Joan Burton as a “wimp’’ after claiming she failed to say if she supported the deduction (...)

Sighs of relief will have been heard in Government Buildings as the latest Irish Times/IpsosMRBI opinion poll showed some recovery in support for both(...)

Gerry Adams TD: “In fairness, he was going to pay and he changed his mind,” said Fine Gael TD Ray Butler.

A modest contribution? That’s what the Taoiseach kept talking about yesterday.You don’t get many of those in the Dáil.But Enda wasn’t suggesting a sha(...)

‘The prudent management of the economy over the past four years has itself created some room for manoeuvre and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has already indicated that another round of modest reductions in income tax and universal social charge (USC) is on the agenda for 2016.’ Above,  Michael Noonan with   EU Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici.  Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

There is something ominous about the campaign being waged by senior Government Ministers to persuade the European Commission to relax its fiscal rules(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has been accused of preparing to buy the next election as it steps up its efforts to have the European Commission’s strict fiscal ru(...)