A Construction Industry Federation survey found that 63 per cent of developers seeking to build homes at a time of chronic undersupply have reported difficulty in securing financing. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Another budget, another acronymed agency to get our heads around. Step forward, House Building Finance Ireland (HBFI), a new beauty unveiled by Minis(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Mr Donohoe said the private investors in NAMAIL received €13.5 million of dividend to date. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Church of Ireland has emerged as a shareholder in the holding company behind Nama, in a deal that allowed a UK hedge fund to lock in some gains fo(...)

Stepping out: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe leaving RTÉ Radio Centre after his appearance on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

At least Leo got a break on Wednesday: a nice few hours of downtime in the Dáil doing the bread and butter stuff such as answering questions and needl(...)

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)

The budget delivered by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on Tuesday prioritised extra public spending over tax cuts by a ratio of two to one. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In framing his first budget Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe faced a difficult balancing act on both the political and economic fronts. A slip-up (...)

The Sunbed Association for UK and Ireland said   “responsible” sunbed use poses no threat to people. Photograph: iStock/Getty

The representative body for the sunbed industry has challenged the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to produce evidence that sunbeds cause skin c(...)

About 2.8 million public services cards have been issued to date

Campaigners against the UK’s abandoned national ID card scheme have said there are “massive privacy issues” around the public services card (PSC) that(...)

The Key Employee Engagement Programme (Keep) would “support SMEs in their efforts to attract and retain key employees”, said Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe

Key staff with share options in tech start-ups and other small businesses will pay less tax on these, and delay paying the bill, under a new scheme th(...)

Pier jumpers enjoying the weather in Creevy, Co Donegal. The tourism industry expressed relief after retaining its special 9 per cent VAT rate. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The tourism industry expressed relief after retaining its special 9 per cent VAT rate, which State officials had suggested might be scrapped in Budget(...)

 People who bought between January 1st 2004 and the end of 2012 will get at least some relief on their mortgage payments until 2020. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The decision to abolish mortgage interest relief will lead to almost 300,000 mortgage holders paying more for their home loans. However, by tapering(...)