Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said he would commit Sinn Féin in government in the Republic to abolishing the property tax and water charges; reforming the Universal Social Charge to ease the burden on lower earners, and increasing employers’ PRSI to address the deficit in the Social Insurance Fund. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD has said Irish people “desperately need” a government that is not lead by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil. Speaking on Tuesda(...)

One Fine Gael source said reducing the USC, as well as possible moves on reducing taxes for the self-employed, would prove more electorally popular than reductions to the top rate of tax

The majority of tax cuts in the Coalition’s last budget before the general election will focus on the unpopular universal social charge (USC), rather (...)

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A Cheann Comhairle, Since taking office in 2011, the Government has been determined to fulfil the mandate given to us by the Irish people. To repair t(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the 76th party ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times. 3:13

A cut in Universal Social Charge (USC) and increases in a range of social benefits have been proposed by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.In his keyn(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael  McGrath said: “I fully appreciate the pain that the Universal Social Charge represents for working families and the toll it takes on pay packets.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil will eliminate the Universal Social Charge if it returns to power, the party’s ardfheis has agreed.The party said it will be the policy of(...)

Aaron Levie, chief executive of cloud computing services company Box, which conducted an initial public offering in January that raised more than $500 million, with employees Evelyn Shaw, left, and Rosetta Phan at offices in Los Altos, Calif. Levie and his company are nearing a make-or-break point others in this generation of young companies are also likely to soon face: Find a way to cut those losses and stay ahead of deep-pocketed competition or disappear. Photograph: Matt Edge/The New York Times

About 10 years ago, Aaron Levie dropped out of college to start a Silicon Valley company called Box. Before long, he was one of those young technology(...)

Brendan Howlin: “What I have always said is that we won’t be able to undo the Fempi legislation in one year or, in fact, in two years either. It will be a gradual increase to restore pay”

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have indicated that any public sector pay rises will be staggered over a (...)

Gerard Craughwell: “Taking the average payment made to councillors; to say we are treating local elected representatives in a shabby way is an understatement.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

City and county councillors are inadequately paid, said Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell. “Taking the average payment made to councillors; to say(...)

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(...)

‘The trade union conference seasons kicks off next week and top of the agenda will be pay. On the invitation of Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, the public sector unions are to enter talks on pay with the Government, probably starting early next month. The teachers’ conferences – and those to follow for other groups in subsequent weeks – will be a warm-up act for these talks.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The trade union conference season kicks off next week and top of the agenda will be pay. On the invitation of Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan (...)