Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Economic Management Council drew up contingency plans for the collapse of the euro when the single currency entered its most serious period of cr(...)

Recruiter for Reboot Ireland Eddie Hobbs has said that the group is on course to have 60 candidates available for the next general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The as-yet-nameless political party known as Reboot Ireland is on target to have 60 available candidates for the next general election, its recruiter (...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Under the proposals single-person households are to be levied at rate of about €100 per year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is close to finalising a much simplified system of water charges which will mean an effective annual charge of less than €200 per hous(...)

A senior Labour Party minister has said he has doubts over whether the Economic Management Council (EMC), the four member committee which sets econom(...)

Spare the whip

The need to rebalance power between Parliament and the Executive has been recognised by politicians and academics for decades, but no government has b(...)

John Tierney, MD of Irish Water: held a briefing with TDs and Senators at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Fine Gael TD last night warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny he may not be able to support the party in the Dáil unless the Government began listening to its(...)

Eoghan Murphy pictured during canvassing in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy has said he and his backbench colleagues had suffered “a little bit of Stockholm Syndrome” in their handling of the Irish (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s statement that a family of four adults would pay less than €200 a year for water was called an “underestimation” by one Government source. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Coalition is now considering extending the period during which homeowners will pay a fixed rate water charge until 2018, The Irish Times has learn(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton pictured arriving at the Fr Frank Brown photography exhibition yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said that a family of four adults will pay water charges below €200 per year, in a major rowback on the Government’s initial (...)

Lower charges for families are understood to apply until metering, and the moves are designed to allay political anxiety about households who feared they would have to pay €800 or €900 annually. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:43

The Government is considering measures to ensure the total water charges bill for families with adult children comes in well below the maximum €424 t(...)