Department of Social Protection, under the command of Labour’s Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys, is first to dip toe in outsourcing water. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Privatising social services

The Coalition has long trumpeted the idea of outsourcing Government programmes to the private sector if the business case can be made.However, when it(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching the Pathways to Work (phase II) programme at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Next week’s budget will begin the process of cutting tax, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday, describing the combined 52 per cent rate on higher inco(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton on the steps of Government Buildings today with new Ministers of State (back row, from left): Joe McHugh, Simon Harris, Kevin Humphries, Aodhán O’Riordán, Ged Nash, Dara Murphy, Ann Phelin, Tom Hayes, and (front row from left) Paul Kehoe, Damien English, Kathleen Lynch, Sean Sherlock, Paudie Coffey and Michael Ring. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:59

Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has been appointed Minister of State in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Refor(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: tabled a Dáil motion on the issue

A group of backbench Dublin Government TDs last night warned Ministers they would become “rebellious” if central funding for local authorities is div(...)

Luis Suarez may have scored in the World Cup but when it comes to recovering from injury he can’t hold a candle to  Finian McGrath. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tribunal running costs pick up pace It seems m’learned friends are licking their chops as the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry gets down to business.(...)

The Irish Brewing Association has said it costs €100 to replace each stolen keg. Photograph by Frank Miller

Robbery of beer kegs for their metal resale value has cost Irish brewers €40 million and the loss of more than 400,000 kegs since 2007, the Dáil has (...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: said the regime was not giving the returns he would expect. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

The number of wealthy tax exiles paying a €200,000 “domicile levy” almost halved between 2010 and 2012 despite the introduction of tighter rest(...)

Michael Noonan: lobbied by Frank Flannery

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan have both confirmed they were unaware (...)