Lone parent Michelle McFarland from Kildare and her 14 year old daughter - she says she faces cuts of up to €140 a week. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

This week, lone parents were subject to the last of a series of cuts to welfare payments that supplemented their part-time, low-paid employment. In(...)

Amendments to the Government’s climate change legislation will take the bare look off its commitment to engage seriously with global warming issues at(...)

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

The main index and both the two leading sub-indices were at their highest levels since 2006 while gains were also recorded in the five individual components of the index

Irish consumer confidence is at its highest level since February 2006, according to a new study. The KBC Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index rose fr(...)

Prof John McHale, chairman, and Eddie Casey, economist, at the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: it finds the Department of Finance’s latest medium-term scenario for the public finances “wholly unrealistic”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Now that the economy is recovering, it is important to learn from past mistakes and pursue sustainable fiscal policies. Concerns have been expressed (...)

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

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(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the difference between gross income and net income should be taken into account when talking about tax cuts. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The difference between gross and net income should be taken into account when considering tax cuts, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told the Dáil.(...)

Rents rose by 6.9 per cent nationwide in the year to the end of March, according to new figures published by the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB). (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

Rents rose by 6.9 per cent nationwide in the year to the end of March, according to new figures published by the Private Residential Tenancies Board ((...)

The market outside Dublin has seen an annual rent increase of 5.3 per cent, while rents in the capital have seen significantly higher growth at 9.6 per cent. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Private sector rents rose almost 7 per cent since this time last year, according to figures compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute. T(...)