Demonstrators fly a European Union flag and a Union Jack outside  the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London,  October 12th, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Fears are growing in the Government that political uncertainty in London and growing impatience in the EU are together increasing the prospect of a ve(...)

Paschal Donohoe: a realist and a quick learner. Photograph: Collins

The budget has come and gone. Well, it was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it? The overwhelming consensus around Leinster House (always a dangerous thing(...)

Each option for changing the law on abortion in Ireland contains significant uncertainties and pitfalls, the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendm(...)

The option of replacing the Eighth Amendment with a constitutional provision which allowed for abortion in specified circumstances would be “likely to prove very difficult”, as grounds such as rape or fatal foetal abnormality would present “practical problems arising as to how they should be established and to whose satisfaction”. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has been warned that there are significant legal uncertainties inherent in all of the six options tha(...)

Dr Bela Ganatra and Dr Ronald Johnson of the  Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation, address the Oireachtas committee.

The master of the Rotunda Hospital Dublin, Prof Fergal Malone has said one woman had died in recent years while travelling home from the United Kingdo(...)

‘Paschal Donohoe had to make the numbers work, but Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wanted the politics to veer in his direction.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Paschal Donohoe balanced his budget, broadened the tax base, cut taxes for lower earners, provided money for investment and threw money at a range of (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the announcement of Budget 2018 in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fears that a lobbying campaign by the property industry could derail the budget’s key revenue-raising measure prompted the Government to seek a Dáil v(...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.  There will be increased staffing across the public sector to deal with Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Paschal Donohoe is to say that the Government is moving towards “sustainable” budgets when he announces his first tax and spending package as Minister(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  the overall size of the package of new tax cuts and spending commitments  is expected to be about €1.1 billion to €1.2 billion. Photograph: Reuters

Significant increases in spending on health, welfare and infrastructure, paid for by tax increases on commercial property transactions, will be unveil(...)

Michael D Higgins: knows if he wants to serve a second term, he must have a purpose, a theme – a reason to be President. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

“He’s being very cagey about it, isn’t he?” says one friend of President Michael D Higgins about his intentions for the future. “I actually asked him(...)