Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael  McGrath said: “I fully appreciate the pain that the Universal Social Charge represents for working families and the toll it takes on pay packets.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil will eliminate the Universal Social Charge if it returns to power, the party’s ardfheis has agreed.The party said it will be the policy of(...)

Three key issues: the non-trickle-down effect, spending versus saving, and who’s first in the queue are all up for debate. Illustration: CSA/Vetta/Getty

So if someone were to take €6,500 from you and offer you, say, €1,500 back over the next few years, how would you feel? Furious because of what you(...)

David Duffy, AIB chief executive officer,  speaking to Conor Lenihan before addressing the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform at the Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson

The chief executive of AIB David Duffy and other senior executives at the bank were grilled for more than two hours by the Oireachtas Finance Committe(...)

The profit margin banks take between the lending rates they charge households and the deposit rates they pay to savers has grown to 3.5 per cent, up f(...)

ASTI general secretary Pat King. He is due to retire at the end of the year

Teachers at the ASTI conference have called for a reversal of the pay cuts which were introduced in 2011 and an end to different pay scales for teache(...)

It’s the ultimate protection. No matter when you die, whether you are 40 or 95, the financial health of your family will be secure thanks to a life in(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: reached the end of his tether this week

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin once again finds himself fighting the enemy within. A year out from a general election, with his party competing aga(...)

The inquiry heard almost €8bn worth of commercial investment property was sold in Ireland between 2004 and 2008

An acute shortage of office space and affordable accommodation in Dublin is posing a threat to foreign direct investment in Ireland, the Committee of (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he will ask Patrick Honohan to “consider what influence the Central Bank can bring to bear to bring variable mortgage rates closer to the cost of funds”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will on Thursday meet the governor of the Central Bank to discuss the high mortgage interest rates banks charge h(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has downplayed suggestions of a move to reduce the term of bankruptcy from three years to one, saying that more data is needed on the current  term. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has downplayed suggestions of a move to reduce the term of bankruptcy from three years to one.Mr Noonan said more (...)