The option for discontinuing the Junior Cert was set out in a “secret” government budgetary strategy memorandum for 2010 drawn up for the then cabinet by the former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in October 2009. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The abolition of the Junior Certificate examination and its replacement with a school-based assessment programme was considered by the then government(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: has pledged to cut income tax. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has repeated a pledge to reduce the rate of income tax paid by middle income earners to at most 50 per cent in next year’s budget(...)

Civil partnership battle: in 2007 the Greens and Fianna Fáil fought over equal treatment. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

This oral history has contributions from: Dermot Ahern Former minister for justice Dan Boyle Former Green Party TD and senator Suzy(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. “The positive economic story has not shielded the Government from voter disaffection.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The water charges debacle has exacted a price from both Government parties, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.Support for Fine Gael (...)

 The Local Property Tax forms sent out by Revenue. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Revisions in the property tax including a two-year freeze and a decoupling from house prices are unlikely to be formally announced until next year’s b(...)

Although the Government maintains re-running the referendum is an ‘awesome’ task, it would be ‘less awesome’ than previous Government decisions to re-run the Lisbon and Nice Treaty referendums after a majority rejected both, Paul Sreenan SC has argued. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A seven judge Supreme Court has been urged to order a re-running of the Children’s Referendum on grounds of the court’s own finding that the Governmen(...)

There have been so many announcements in the past about rural broadband that Séamus Boland, chief executive of Irish Rural Link compared it to the dig(...)

A demonstrator stands near fire in Toulouse during a protest against police brutality. Photograph: Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series(...)

Water usage: to use less than the amount at which the State charges kick in will not be easy and will require a complete change of habits.

Can you beat the cap? Under the new water charges regime, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has encouraged householders to save money by using (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly yesterday moved to allay fears that there is a long-term plan to privatise Irish Water. He said he would intro(...)