Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty said this was an unacceptable way for such an important and profitable industry to be regulated. Photograph: Alan Betson / Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to establish a special working group to examine the costs to the State of financial regulation.This comes in th(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s budget package will carry much more political than economic significance. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

It is sometimes tempting to conclude that policy-making in Ireland is made up as we go along, and that priorities are assigned to those who shout the (...)

Finance Minister Noonan tells us that we are sitting on a small pot if gold, called AIB bank, worth about €11 billion. He knows this because of(...)

Accused of hitting the brakes:  Kenny says UHI is “the most radical and fundamental change in the health structures since the foundation of the State”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A White Paper on the Government’s proposed universal health insurance (UHI) scheme will be published “in the next(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that the Government has not put off making a decision on the introduction of Universal Health Insurance (UHI) until next year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that the Government has not put off making a decision on the introduction of Universal Health Insurance (UHI)(...)

Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne. Said he knew of one prefab building which was leaking. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne said he hoped the Government would end “the scourge of prefabricated school buildings’’ by(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said Danske’s departure was another setback. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Time

Arthur Beesley, Political News Editor The Department of Finance has said it is for the Central Bank and not the Government to ensure fair competition (...)

Pensioners are expressing their wrath at James Reilly’s cuts but Michael Noonan has seen little reaction to his plans to raid pension funds yet again. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Pensions are a turn-off. It’s simple, really. In a world where most people are fully engaged in addressing the immediate issues that confront them on (...)

Given how much “fiscal adjustment” has already been done by this Government , taking another €2.5 billion out of the economy was never going to be eas(...)

A shopper watching the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin addressing the house, in a Dublin city store on Budget 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke

This was our seventh austerity budget and according to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, “Ireland is open for business”, it wants to “play fair and(...)