Minister of Finance Michael Noonan  said there could not be a ‘giveaway budget’. Photograph: Sara Freund

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Opposition is “nervous” about the upcoming budget. Mr Noonan said there was “significant space” this (...)

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:23

The trust that runs Russborough House has said it approached the Government twice in 2013 seeking support and highlighting the need to sell some Beit (...)

The Labour Party website highlighting the search for a new party general secretary.

The Labour Party has advertised for a new general secretary. The move follows current general secretary David Leach’s recent announcement that he is r(...)

David Leach pictured in 2002. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Labour Party’s general secretary David Leach is resigning to take up a position as director of communications with the charity Goal. He was announ(...)

Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Arguments put forward by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum have been described as “bogus” by Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Cov(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has been told to “just put his shoulder to the wheel” after he voiced criticism of the party. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has been told to “just put his shoulder to the wheel” after he voiced criticism of the party.Niall Collins, the party’s(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has indicated he would welcome a move to allow gardaí to have access to PPS numbers to enforce penalty points. (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said US labour unions had been brought to Ireland for talks with senior party  figures 1:58

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted his party is “good for business” after The Irish Times reported that US business figures raised concern abou(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath is holding meetings with advocacy groups opposed to both the Bill and the referendum. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will “probably” vote No in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.The Tipperary deputy becomes the first (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I suppose ... maybe one of the advantages of urban areas is that you can have school choice.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said a wide choice of schools has worked well in his “ethnically diverse” constituency.Mr Varadkar, who represent(...)