The mortgage crisis “is one of the residual big social challenges left as we recover the economy,” said Minister Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brendan Howlin will begin talks with the unions on restoring pay next month.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said yesterday he will brin(...)

Lissadell House in Sligo: the council has already paid its own legal bill of €2 million but has been directed by the Supreme Court to pay 75 per cent of the owners’ costs, estimated at between €6 million to €8 million

Sligo County Council has unanimously passed a motion calling on the Government to pay its share of the legal costs of the owners of Lissadell House i(...)

Micheál Martin’s insistence that Sinn Féin remains unfit for participation in a democratic republican government could be regarded as pre-election ski(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will bring a memo to Cabinet within two weeks on public sector pay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will bring a memo to Cabinet within two weeks on public sector pay.Mr Howlin said he has not yet opened(...)

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health budget. Above is the party’s health spokesman Billy Kelleher. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health Budget. The party will launch its proposals today (Tue) including the (...)

Businessman Galen Weston donated to the party. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Donors to Fianna Fáil’s US fundraising arm over almost two decades included well-known businessmen, monsignors, unions and companies including the US (...)

The proposals from the Department of Finance included a recommendation that appeals should only be made to the High Court, and that appeals to the Circuit Court would no longer be allowed. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Controversial proposals by the Department of Finance to make tax appeal hearings open to the public for the first time have met strong resistance from(...)

Babe in the woods: a 25 year-old Enda Kenny being shouldered into the Dáil in 1975

We like to feature pictures of baby animals in this column. We also, sometimes, feature baby politicians. Like most babies they tend to be joyful crea(...)

FF party leader Micheál Martin: New rules introduced by Fianna Fáil in 2013 compel its leader to convene a special ardfheis should he or she wish to enter a coalition. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil members are to vote at the party’s Ardfheis next weekend on whether it should rule out going into coalition with Fine Gael after the next (...)

FF leader Micheál Martin: “Some women say to me they just don’t like the way the Dail operates.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has said “confidence and lifestyle” issues are a central to the party’s difficulties in securing more female election candi(...)