Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald  said the annual Mabs  report showed  the average disposable income of people using their services was €8.75 a week after all bills were paid. She asked the Tánaiste: “How do you expect or recommend to these families that they pay €500 a year or more for their water. What household essentials do you advise them to cut back on?”

Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted the Government will assist those on low incomes with water charges.She rejected claims by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál(...)

Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)

Irish Water will ask people to “self report” on medical conditions, which will allow them reduce their water charges bill, the Dáil has heard.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says people can save on water charges by turning off the tap when they brush their teeth.Mr Kenny said people underestimated the (...)

Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

A handy day to ease the Dáil back to irrelevance after a long layoff. But although the new season kicked off yesterday afternoon, it seems the tran(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said there is “more than one way to skin a cat” when it comes to striking a deal with Europe on Ireland’s debt. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Labour Party ministers have considered a number of options for next month’s budget, including cutting the higher and lower rate of income tax and the (...)

Mary Lou McDonald: said she had never been in Australia before, but anyone who had understood the “sheer distances involved”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald has defended flying business class to Australia for a speaking tour, saying no public money was used for th(...)

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald  today said no public funds were involved in paying for her business class flights on her Australian trip. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald confirmed today she had returned from Australia yesterday on business class - but said no public funds wer(...)

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said he never bought or read the Sunday Independent, which reported yesterday that party fundraisers covered the €10,000 cost of the flights.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald would not have been directly involved in buying business clas(...)

If you were to enlist someone to cook dinner for you and nine of your friends, would you opt for chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan, or politician(...)

Time and time again, politicians fail to trust people, says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Politicians should have enough trust in voters to turn down demands for projects such as schools rather than giving in to every request, Minister for (...)