Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are each paid €80,810 annually. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed in th(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald wearing the “TÁ Comhionannas” badge, which means “Yes Equality”, during questions in the Dáil to Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin on May 12th, 2015. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald was asked in the Dáil to remove a badge she was wearing in support of a Yes vote in the marriage equality re(...)

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed to th(...)

Tanaiste Joan Burton

The Department of Social Protection used long-established principles in dealing with social welfare recipients with debts, Tánaiste Joan Burton told (...)

Remarks by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right), aimed at Sinn Féin TDs and other members of the Opposition refusing to pay water charges, were made during heated Dáil exchanges on Thursday with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (left). Photographs: The Irish Times 3:39

Tánaiste Joan Burton has sharply criticised TDs who say they will not pay water charges.“Our salaries and conditions are pretty good and, yet, there a(...)

The byelection will fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner for Agriculture. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has moved the writ for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of former minister for the environmen(...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Seán Fleming: “Essentially, the Government is standing down the Dáil from its proper business for a week so we can discuss its financial envelope for the next general election.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael and Labour were yesterday accused of using the Dáil to launch their election campaign.Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman Seán Flemi(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for an independent inquiry by a “competent authority” into the controversial sale of construction services company Siteserv. Photograph: Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for an independent inquiry by a “competent authority” into the controversial sale of construction services company Sit(...)

Sinn Féin has pledged to introduce a mandatory living wage, which would be about €2.50 higher than the minimum wage if it is in Government after the next election.

Sinn Féin has pledged to introduce a mandatory living wage, which would be about €2.50 higher than the minimum wage, if it is in Government after the (...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)