Joan  Burton said the Coalition was building the economic recovery and with it new jobs and opportunities for people.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

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(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “I read speculation of it having a five-year tax plan. I discussed that with Michael Noonan and he is as perplexed as I am. There is no such intention.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Labour Party has reacted angrily to the prospect of a five-year tax reform plan being included in the Government’s forthcoming spring statement on(...)

Enda Kenny: There will be “an overall economic road map to grow the economy, to deliver full employment”. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Coalition is considering using its spring economic statement to outline a five-year tax reform plan as part of a springboard to try and secure a s(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he is ‘quite confident in predicting that some form of alliance or common platform will be established’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Four new political parties or alliances could be established by the summer in anticipation of a general election occurring earlier than the scheduled(...)

 Martin Shanahan of the IDA on CNBC’s Squawk Box

Budget 2015 was different from its predecessors in that it seemed to signal the beginning of the end of the austerity years. The revelations on the(...)