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 (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Government’s plan would ensure that work paid more than welfare and the numbers of working people and their children in poverty would be reduced. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to cap Government spending below the growth rate of the economy if he is returned to office. In an article in today’s(...)

The average Standard Life shareholder has around 675 shares and will have a return of capital of around €675, so capital gains tax should not apply for most. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

I am entitled to a return of value (worth around €400) on Standard Life shares and need to elect whether it is taxed as income or capital gains. I wor(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman says  participants in the illegal immigrant scheme could accrue credits in a number of categories. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A Bill to be published by Fianna Fáil proposes to give illegal immigrants an opportunity to acquire residency rights and have their status regularise(...)

According to Revenue, there will be 129,919 people earning over €100,000 this year.  Photograph: Joe St Leger

Populist politicians get away with murder when talking about their spending and tax promises; as soon as we get into details most people have tuned ou(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Tánaiste Joan Burton: The Coalition is expected to commit to eliminating the deficit by 2018 in its upcoming spring economic statement. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Coalition is expected to commit to eliminating the deficit by 2018 - the same year it hopes to achieve full employment - in its upcoming spring ec(...)