Catherine McGowan (centre with her baby Sophie) with Jacqueline Healy (left) and Elva O’Callaghan from the National Women’s Council of Ireland protesting against maternity benefits outside the Dáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A small group of women and babies protested in pouring rain outside Leinster House today at the €32 cut to maternity benefit which will come into forc(...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan at Government Buildings before delivering the Budget to the House. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times.

The Government has published the Finance Bill, which gives effect to measures announced in the Budget last week that include tax relief for home re(...)

 People take part in a protest rally over Budget 2014 cuts affecting  elderly,  sick and  vulnerable persons  outside Leinster House in Dublin today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

About 2,000 older people from across the State protested in pouring rain in Dublin city centre today against a range of cuts announced in last week’s (...)

How will the Government get the extra 4 per cent on savings from non-PAYE employees? Will banks deduct it? Or will it be deducted from personal pensio(...)

Micheal Martin leader of Fianna Fail giving his oration  during Wolfe Tone Commemoration ceremony at Bodenstown Cemetery, Co Kildare. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister for Health James Reilly should be removed from office because his position is untenable, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has said.Speaking (...)

Controversy continues over Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s budget speech on “gold-plated” policies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

HARRY McGEE More than half the people with health insurance policies will be hit by the Government’s controversial decision to reduce tax relief on pr(...)

Two Government departments run by Labour Ministers are at loggerheads over when it was made known that the Department of Social Protection would be cu(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin at a post-budget press conference. photograph: aidan crawley

The wide range of measures announced in Budget 2014 means it will take some time to come to firm conclusions about its overall impact on the distribut(...)

Adding a few cents to tobacco and alcohol products rakes in revenue and does nothing to change bad health habits. Budget 2014 can do so much more.

WILL TODAY’S budget be good for health or another lost opportunity? Every year the government tinkers with taxation, adding a few cents to the cost of(...)

Michael Collins would have been satisfied with this year’s budget, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney declared yesterday as he marked Cork Independence Day.

Ireland’s first minister for finance, Michael Collins, would have been satisfied with this year’s budget, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney decla(...)