Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  speaking at the 76th party  ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:13

A cut in Universal Social Charge (USC) and increases in a range of social benefits have been proposed by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.In his keyn(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris insisted the Government was “not initiating this on the basis of any evidence of wrongdoing”. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government is insisting it did not establish a review into deals struck by the former Anglo Irish Bank because of “any evidence of wrongdoing”.(...)

The working group on Seanad reform chaired by the former leader of the House and current Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Maurice Manning, has recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

All Irish citizens including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections according to an official report(...)

Pictured at the funeral of Circuit Court judge Katherine Delahunt at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, from left, Supreme Court Justice John Mc Menamin, Court of Appeal president  Sean Ryan, Sarah O Hagan, Circuit Court judge John O’Hagan and Finbar Fox SC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Judge Katherine Delahunt was a vibrant, warm, loving and loved person, who was “always up for a bit of mischief” her funeral Mass heard this morning. (...)

The survey was undertaken on Monday and Tuesday among a representative sample of 1,200 voters aged 18 and over, in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 per cent

Support for Fine Gael has recovered, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, which also shows a significant rise in satisfaction with Tao(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

“From my perspective as Minister for Finance, the Budget is part of a much broader strategy to manage the economy for growth and job creation,” said Michael Noonan. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA 3:54

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has vowed not to increase taxes on workers and said his tax reform plan would deliver 15,000 jobs.Mr Noonan told d(...)

 Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: he emphasised that the Government’s decision would be based on wider considerations than the price. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

  There are strong indications that the Government will not sell the State’s 25.1 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Consolidat(...)

The Government has pledged to legislate for gay adoption rights before the same-sex marriage referendum. The reform will be part of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, the general scheme of which was published early last year by then minister for justice Alan Shatter, with  a revised version  published last September by his successor, Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has pledged that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the referendum on same-sex marriage in May.Th(...)

Party faithful: A jubilant Charles Haughey at a Fianna Fáil Ardfheis

  A VOLCANIC TEMPER By Stephen Collins   In the spring of 1982, I was a junior reporter with The Evening Press newspaper when(...)