Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald: “There’s more brass on the necks of the Fianna Fáil leadership than we would expect in a marching band.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned against a change being made “in isolation” to the pensions anomaly affecting 36,000 people. He said amendments shou(...)

US president Donald Trump suggested Ireland was dropping its tax rate to 8 per cent. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump has described much of the negative media coverage of his administration as fake news but could be accused of the same thing (...)

MEP Matt Carthy: “The extremely low number of reported schemes raises questions about the poor effectiveness of the mandatory disclosure scheme.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Revenue Commissioners have received just 11 reports of potentially abusive tax-avoidance schemes since Ireland made it mandatory in early 2011 for(...)

Construction cranes on Dublin skyline: current forecasts indicate direct property investment will  be less than €2 billion this year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The tripling of commercial stamp duty announced in the budget is unlikely to raise anything like the revenue the Government is expecting, two senior p(...)

Ógra Fianna Fáil stand at the party’s ardfheis, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

If there was ever a doubt that Fianna Fáil wanted Leo Varadkar to win the Fine Gael leadership contest, this ardfheis has provided the conclusive answ(...)

Social Protection spokesman Willie O’Dea will bring the motion to the House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A private member’s motion calling for controversial pension provisions which affect 36,000 people to be repealed will be introduced by Fianna Fáil in (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: splurged €1.2 billion in new spending and tax cuts in the budget, split on roughly a 2:1 basis in favour of spending. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The various tax increases announced by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in Tuesday’s budget provided some social media users with the usual ammun(...)

The Sunbed Association, a  body representing sunbed salons in the UK and Ireland,  took issue with the connection made between sunbeds and cancer, and challenged Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to produce  evidence of it.  File photograph: Getty Images

You almost have to admire the ballsiness of the Sunbed Association. They came out swinging this week after a Budget Day announcement of a VAT increase(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe in an RTÉ studio. He faced tricky question from listeners of Today with Sean O’Rourke. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

On Wednesday, as Sean O’Rourke finishes his Q&A session with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, he sums up proceedings with succinct if brutal (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: promised in his budget speech to “do this differently” in future. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Boom and bust. That has been the recent history of the Irish economy. The Government is promising to break the cycle and to set growth on a sustainabl(...)