Team Ireland’s Nuala Browne celebrates after winning a silver medal for finishing second in the 500m Race Singles Tourist, with Nicola Higgins who finished 5th and Rita Quirke,  who won bronze in kayaking. Photoraph: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Team Ireland continued to shine in sunny California on Thursday as athletes won another eleven medals at the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles. The(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the budget would be about giving people something back after years of austerity. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants to cut the universal social charge by more than 1 per cent in the next budget. Mr Kenny said he supported calls by t(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Fil photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has pledged to cut the Universal Social Charge in the upcoming Budget in October. Mr Noonan said he would cut the (...)

The minimum hourly living wage a person needs has been put at €11.50 an hour by the Living Wage Technical Group, an increase of 5 cents on the 2014 rate. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People in Ireland need to earn almost €450 a week to be able to afford an acceptable standard of living, according to new research to be published thi(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she would like to see an increase in child benefit in the next budget.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton is seeking an increase of about €5 in child benefit – or €60 a year – as discussions get under way over the Government’s final pr(...)

Michael Noonan: said there would be “fiscal space” for tax reductions and public service investment of between €1.2 and €1.5 billion

Cutting the top rates of Universal Social Charge (USC) and income tax in the next budget would have a strong positive impact effect on the wealthiest(...)

When law student Sinead Davies was anointed a scholar at Trinity College in April on the basis of her second term exam results, her first reaction (...)

The Government has shelved plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election budget. Photograph: Getty Images

The Coalition has dropped plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election(...)

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 (...)