Francois Hollande initially proposed to deliver €21 billion in savings next year but subsequently added €3.6 billion in a plan to bring the country’s public deficit down from 4.4 per cent of gross domestic product

The French parliament approved President Francois Hollande’s revised 2015 deficit-cutting budget on Thursday, although it remains to be seen whether t(...)

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash said he supports wage increases in certain circumstances. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash said he supported wage increases in profitable companies and where circumstances allowed.Mr Nas(...)

A lawyer throws a civil code book as justice officials demonstrate to protest against the new ‘loi Macron’ in Paris. The economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has made proposals that aim to free up France’s notoriously inflexible labour rules and regulations. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s “Law on Growth and Activity,” which was presented in cabinet on December 10th, deals with so many elements o(...)

 Peter Rossiter, a chartered accountant who was a banker in Citibank until 2009 has been appointed senior investigator on an interim basis. The position, when  filled,will attract an annual salary of €172,710.

The top four investigators working on the banking inquiry will be paid €566,119 over 12 months .Peter Rossiter, a chartered accountant who was a banke(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett addresses the crowd. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The numbers who attended the Right2Water protest in Dublin city centre will eventually force the Government to reverse water charges, the leaders of t(...)

French lawyers protest against proposed reforms of the legal sector.

France’s government proposed a pro-growth reform bill on Wednesday that is crucial for avoiding EU sanctions but risks being watered down by left-w(...)

Joe Higgins (right) said he expected tens of thousands of people to participate in the march, which he believed could have a “material impact” on  water charges, the austerity agenda and the durability of the Government 0:55

The Government is again insisting the real test of its revised water charges package remains the amount of people who sign up with Irish Water rather (...)

Anti-water charge protesters on Dublin’s O’Connell Street last month.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 0:55

Several hundred gardaí were set to work through the night on Tuesday to create a secure environment for Wednesday’s planned water charges protest outs(...)

Socialist Party TDs (from left) Ruth Coppinger TD, Paul Murphy TD and Joe Higgins TD. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

An anti-water charge protest in Dublin on Wednesday will highlight that the Government’s “trickery” in offering concessions to the public has not work(...)

Cynical and hypocritical

Anyone who expects Sinn Féin to operate according to the standing orders of a Dáil it only recently recognised fails to understand the party’s determi(...)