Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “When an economy is growing, we should balance the books and pay down our debt.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has again committed his Government to tax cuts for middle-income earners in the Budget, despite Opposition claims that spare re(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: big challenges ahead. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The autumn political term begins in earnest at Leinster House today when the Dáil meets for a parliamentary session that will run up to Christmas and (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: The Government needs  his party’s  agreement to abstain if it is to pass budget measures in the Dáil in three weeks’ time. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has said that plans for income tax reductions in Budget 2018, flagged earlier this week by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, should not go ahead an(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings, Dublin, September 17th, 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Senior public servants who underperform in their jobs should be asked to leave their posts, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar said he told(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar photographed at Government Buildings, Dublin, September 17th, 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach is quoting Joe Biden, the much-loved US vice-president who visited recently. “He used to say, ‘Don’t compare me to the Almighty - compa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the  Fine Gael think-in in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, ahead of the resumption of the Dáil next week.  Photograph:  PA Wire

Directness and caution. These have been the main characteristics of Leo Varadkar’s first 100 days as Ireland’s leader, a milestone he reaches next Thu(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will attend an Ecofin council meeting later this week where the EU’s economic future will be discussed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has expressed concern at long-term proposals by the European Commission to deepen the European monetary union with closer co-operation (...)

The Independents, including John Halligan, claimed a great victory when Government agreed to a review of corporation tax. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Preserving Ireland’s corporation tax regime is a professed priority of every party that seeks realistically to serve in Government. It is opposed onl(...)

Apartment supply is the main concern when it comes to building costs, with house building seen as satisfactory by sources. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

It is not financially viable for builders to construct “affordable apartments” with sales prices of between €240,000 and €320,000, a Government report(...)

The pilot injection centre scheme  will run for a period of up to 18 months with a review after six months. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

A senior Garda has questioned the rationale behind starting public consultations over a pilot drug injecting centre in Dublin city centre only after t(...)