Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)

The party’s social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea said the Pensions (Amendment) Bill 2013 was too little too late. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Some 50,000 people who paid into defined benefit pension schemes that have since wound up will be left with nothing as a result of the exclusion of a (...)

 Former Waterford Crystal workers, at the UNITE rally outside Leinster House, calling on the government to protect the workers’ pension entitlements.Legislation is a welcome and long overdue effort  by State but will no doubt face legal challenges

Over four years after Waterford Crystal closed its doors, leaving its workers without a job or most of their pension benefits, the Government finally (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

A Cheann Comhairle,The story of insolvent Ireland is familiar to all our people and the sacrifices people have had to make in recent years are well kn(...)