Socialist TD Joe Higgins: “This will only further emphasise the need to abolish water charges.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Minister for Finance has insisted the Eurostat decision will have no impact on budgetary decisions or the cost of water charges. Michael Noonan (...)

‘Priorities should  turn to engagement with users of the services (the proposed Working Group makes no mention of them) . . .’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great advances of the last century is that nearly all of us will live longer and with less disability than recent generations. A part of th(...)

Incoming chief of the ESRI Prof Alan Barrett said we need a discussion of what the tax take should be. Photograph: Getty Images

Demands for “considerable” extra spending were not matched by proposals to increase taxes to pay for them, the chairman of the national economic dialo(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tánaiste and Labour party leader Joan Burton has acknowledged some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but said they had not reduce(...)

Micheál Martin said his predecessors as Fianna Fáil leader, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, had given evidence that was “strong and robust and also matter of fact”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there has been no sense of a damaging “gotcha moment” for his party in the banking inquiry so far. Arrivin(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern gave an hour-long interview to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Following a lengthy stint in the banking inquiry’s witness box, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has re-emerged to vent his spleen at the Mahon tribuna(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern being interviewed by Miriam O Callaghan on RTÉ radio

Is there anything to be said for another whip-around? Anything at all? Because a major injustice is going on here and it’s only because Ber(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of Tuesday’s MacGill SummerSchool event due to a diary clash.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of a planned attendance on Tuesday at the MacGill Summer School due to a diary clash. Anti-wat(...)

Micheál Martin has renewed his call for a commission of inquiry into Nama’s Northern loan portfolio.

The Fianna Fáil leader has questioned The role of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in the controversial sale by Nama of its Northern loan portfolio(...)

The Taoiseach has said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) should be told of any alleged illegality in the sale by the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) of its Northern Ireland loan portfolio. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Taoiseach has said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) should be told of any alleged illegality in the sale by the National Asset Manage(...)