Ruth Coppinger: she asked would the Tánaiste deal “with the growing problem of the feminisation of poverty”

The ladies have come a long way. Take Joan Burton. You wouldn’t think it to look at her but she’s vicious. The type of character you’d be wary of meet(...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure and reform spokesman Sean Fleming has said the Government should ensure “people do not receive water bills from an entity whose right to exist is not yet determined”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A call has been made for the Government to defer the issuing of water charge bills until there is an EU ruling to accept Irish Water as an independent(...)

Fears that the National Lottery is setting out to create “online Lotto junkies” have been expressed by Fine Gael Seanad whip Paul Coghlan

Fears that the National Lottery is setting out to create “online Lotto junkies” have been expressed by Fine Gael Seanad whip Paul Coghlan. He said tha(...)

Lotto machine: politicians are poised to ask PLI officials about the functioning of new ticket terminals supplied by Greek gaming giant Intralot.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new private operator of the National Lottery has been called to appear before the Oireachtas finance committee following the recent systems crash(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendab Howlin said unions and workers should have “realistic” expectations when it comes to the restoration of pay.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said he wants a “phased and structured” approach to the reversal of emergency financial measures an(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said it would be “interesting to see how this legislation rolls out in practice”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to regulate lobbyists has been passed in the Dáil and now goes to the Seanad. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin sa(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Lump sums of €100,000 or more are being paid to 263 Civil Service retirees this year.Figures provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Refo(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “We know it was an unacceptable farce; Irish Water was doomed to fail before even one meter was installed.’’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has accused the Government of failing to understand the impact of austerity on people when introducing water charge(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he intends to reverse the fall in the number of nurses working in the public health service in the coming (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was confident Irish Water would pass the so-called market test when the European Commission examined the new structure unveiled by the Government this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection is considering hiring more staff to administer the new €100 water conservation grant announced as part of the rev(...)