Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Michael Taft, research officer with the Unite trade union who have called on the Government to host a European debt conference. Photograph: Collins

The Government should show leadership and host a European debt conference to look at solutions to the burden of debt both in Ireland and in Europe, a (...)

Austerity has not ended but is entering into a new phase after Budget 2015, a conference on the impact of Tuesday’s Budget heard today. Michael Taft, (...)

Michael Taft: the forthcoming Budget must be expansionary. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Unite trade union has urged the Government to increase the national minimum wage and social welfare payments in the Budget in the autumn in a bid (...)