Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s ardfheis, at Citywest in Dublin: “There will be no auction politics, no uncommitted promises.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The first major clash of the election campaign has been sparked by a Fianna Fáil proposal to have its promises to the electorate independently costed.(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has rejected claims that the Government is engaged in a “row-back” on its plan to abolish the universal social ch(...)

A UK survey showed that a third of employees who had suffered bereavement in the previous five years felt they had not been treated with compassion by their employer

Life has few certainties, but one thing we can be sure of is we will all have to deal with death eventually. In what it describes as a conservative e(...)

An Air Corps flypast over the Jim Larkin statue at the GPO Easter Rising anniversary commemorations.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government has ruled out a potential vote-getting proposal from Sinn Féin to have an annual bank holiday on April 24th, the anniversary of the Eas(...)

Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Comments made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in which he outlined his reasons for appointing a non-Irish speaker to the post of Minister of State for Gae(...)

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin alleged duplicity was at the heart of “the Clerys debacle’’. “All the [workers] have received from the Labour Party so far is a two-faced response,’’ he added. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government was undertaking “a very detailed examination of company law” following the closure of the Clerys store in Dublin, Tánaiste Joan Burton (...)

Emmet Stagg, chief whip of the Labour party, criticised the lone parent welfare cuts.

There were heated exchanges in the Dáil in a row over lone parent welfare cuts and comments by Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg in an email criticising t(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary. Mr Calleary criticised the Government position on minimum wage during a debate on the low pay commission bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Department of Finance submission to the commission on low pay has warned of “serious risks” in increasing the national minimum wage, the Dáil has he(...)

Michael Noonan: “My great regret that Greece, which was on the cusp of recovery at the start of 2015, has now gone back into recession”

Political Correspondent Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the time frame for preventing a Greek default has become “incredibly tight”, with(...)

Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash said the Bill would provide for a new framework to replace the former sectoral registered employment agreements.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New industrial relations legislation was “a significant step forward for workers and employers’’, said Minister of State for Jobs Gerald Nash . “It pr(...)