Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 6:13

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)

Danske Bank is getting ready to sell some  4,000 small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) loans. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Government is thought to be considering legislation to make it easier for businesses that owe money to banks exiting the Republic to refinance tho(...)

Rugby international and Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip is an ambassador for Science Week which takes place from November 9th-16th. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is all about science next month when Science Week 2014 gets under way with 800 events taking place up and down the country, including exhibitions,(...)

Minister of State for Business and Employment Gerald Nash.

The number of people on the Live Register is now at its lowest since March 2009. But while this measure of unemployment is falling, and the growth in (...)

Helen Dixon has been appointed the new Data Protection Commissioner.

The Government has announced the appointment of Helen Dixon as the new Data Protection Commissioner.Ms Dixon, who has previously held senior managemen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveils his new Cabinet in the Dáil this afternoon.

A Cheann Comhairle, I wish to inform the House that the President, acting on my advice, has accepted the resignations of Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deput(...)

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty has said the issue of who is given the jobs portfolio should be about policy and not personality. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty has said the issue of who is given the jobs portfolio should be about policy and not personality. Ms Doherty, who has been(...)

David Finlay, Trinity College Dublin, and Orla O’Sullivan, of Teagasc, at the announcement of some ¤23 million in awards to early and mid-stage researchers through Science Foundation Ireland in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A very different kind of tattoo could provide a way to help diagnose conditions such as liver failure and eczema outbreaks, according to a young resea(...)

Siptu vice-president Patricia King
, vice president SIPTU
 has written to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, seeking an urgent meeting on the Bausch &
Lomb closure threat. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Siptu representatives at staff at Bausch & Lomb’s Waterford plant were to meet local politicians at 2pm today following the eye health product com(...)

Labour backbencher Ciara Conway has formally announced her candidacy for the deputy leadership but has vowed not to accept any cabinet or junior ministry if elected party deputy leader. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Labour backbencher Ciara Conway has vowed not to accept any cabinet or junior ministry if elected party deputy leader and will use the position to bri(...)