“For everybody who has been at work – taken tax hikes, taken pay cuts – it’s possible now to see a route to restoration.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Tánaiste Joan Burton has indicated that the economic recovery could allow for income tax cuts, along with long-term investment in education and roads,(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton interviewed by Digital Development Editor Hugh Linehan in The Irish Times office. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said the recovery in the public finances means the Government can now make plans to long-term investment in education and roa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Emigration has a devastating impact on our economy as we lose the input of talent and energy. We need these people at home. And we will welcome them.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Irish diaspora “is both an asset and a responsibility”, and engaging with it “requires a sustained, long term effort”, according to Ireland’s f(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on Finance Michael McGrath said his party “voted against the Government amendment because it was self-serving and self-congratulatory.” Photograph: Alan Betson.

Fianna Fáil has accused Tánaiste Joan Burton of a “spectacular misrepresentation” of its tax policies during the Labour Party national conference in (...)

Fianna Fáil transport spokesman Timmy Dooley  who has called on the Government not to sell its stake in Aer Lingus.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government must “turn back” from selling the State’s share in Aer Lingus, according to Fianna Fáil transport spokesman.Clare TD Timmy Dooley accus(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has criticised banks for pulling out of deals with customers in mortgage difficulty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said a reduced bankruptcy period could send a message to banks who are pulling out of deals with customers in mortgage diffic(...)

Cameras are brandished by both sides as water charge protesters gather outside the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 0:49

The campaign against water charges has become the first popular protest in Ireland to make widespread use of social media – especially video channe(...)

‘We’ve conquered ... fear and replaced it with hope.” If only. Tánaiste Joan Burton set out Labour’s stall on Saturday at its annual conference in Kil(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

Ray Butler, a deputy for Meath West, said he and his family were intimidated by the incident which took place, at his home and constituency office in Trim, Co Meath.

A Fine Gael TD who this week said a group of 30 protesters gathered outside his home has warned his colleagues they too will be targeted soon.Ray Butl(...)