Tánaiste Joan Burton has said low and middle income earners needed to be prioritised.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour will reduce but not abolish the Universal Social Charge for those earning over €100,000, the party said on Monday. Tanaiste Joan Burton and Min(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is to promise voters it will further reduce the main rate of the universal social charge in its first budget if returned to office after (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael has promised cuts to the USC as part of its election pitch. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The message thus far from Fine Gael has been stability and prudent management of the economy, yet no party can expect to be re-elected on the back of (...)

Joan Burton (above left) said: “In terms of the practical issues that face people, we have to have a government that can function properly and effectively and efficiently - and really the only people on offer to do that are the Labour Party and Fine Gael.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said she is not aware of any internal party analysis which shows the party could lose over 20 seat(...)

First launched in 2002 with much aplomb to help boost pension coverage, PRSAs – or personal retirement savings accounts – were introduced to offer a c(...)

It’s worth remembering some vitamins and minerals pose risks in large quantities

There is a dizzying array of supplements on our shelves, promising to contribute to healthy living. But the evidence is a mixed bag. “If someon(...)

Public sector workers protesting about pay cuts in 2009. The latest Fempi bill will start to reverse the cuts. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

Every budget is usually followed by two key pieces of legislation that implement it. The Social Welfare Bill will introduce key improvements that take(...)

Tupperware party: if you don’t feel comfortable selling, and maybe pushing customers into opening their wallets, direct selling may not be for you

Maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent, looking for a way to earn some extra income now that the kids have gone back to school. Or maybe you have retired (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin for the Fine Gael dinner on Saturday  night, October 17th, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael will radically reduce income taxes if re-elected to Government in order to make Ireland a low-tax economy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Mr(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin  at a pre-budget photocall last week: in percentage terms, a person earning €70,000 will be 1.9 per cent better off, whereas a person earning €20,000 a year will be about 1.1 per cent better off. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“It’s the rich wot gets the glory, it’s the poor wot gets the blame,” goes the old saying. One of the criticisms levelled at successive Coalition bud(...)