I am such an effective covert procrastinator it can take me a while to figure out I’m even doing it. I suddenly notice I’m reading a third article (...)

‘For the Government, the game is to take hold of the ball and, above all, avoid any more train-wrecks like Irish Water’.

So here is the case for a November election. The budget will be just out, the economy will – most probably – still be on the up, and, crucially, the G(...)

National spokeswoman for the Simon Communities, Niamh Randall, described the latest rental inflation as an “emergency. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Simon Community homelessness charity has warned that the State’s housing and homeless crisis is “out of control” and will continue to escalate unl(...)

Party says domestic wealth creators not valued by the Irish State. Photograph: The Irish Times

The rate of universal social charge (USC) paid by the self-employed would be brought into line with PAYE workers under proposals from Renua. The part(...)

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(...)