The head of the National Anti-Bullying Research Centre has said a greater emphasis on parental responsibility is necessary to tackle cyber bullying, n(...)

Raining maps and cogs: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe shows off Budget 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No fireworks, promised the Taoiseach. He was right. No need to wait for the smoke to clear after the Minister’s speech, because it barely managed a fe(...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Dara Calleary  and its finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just as it is doing quite well out of the confidence and supply agreement in general, Fianna Fáil can feel it has done nicely from the second instalme(...)

Providing the poorest children in the State with an additional €3 a week would have cost about €62.4 million. This Fine Gael Government made a choice about how much the poorest children would get.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Finally, the weekly welfare payment to the poorest children in the State is being increased. After an eight-year “freeze”, the Child Dependant Allowan(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy: said low-paid workers would pay for new communications unit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said the budget had revealed how people on social welfare and low-paid workers would pay for the Government’s spin. It had (...)

The investment in employing more teachers will bring the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level to the lowest ever level recorded of 26:1. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

It is not often you get a tug-of-love between the Government and the Opposition party over who is responsible for a budget. The fact Fine Gael and F(...)

Independent Alliance members Shane Ross, Finian McGrath and John Halligan at Government Buildings after the budget. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent Alliance Ministers have claimed credit for a number of key budget announcements, insisting it had to fight Fine Gael for their inclusion. (...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The Government’s decision to allocate such a large proportion of available resources to tax cuts showed it did not understand the reality of life for (...)

The increase in Garda numbers is part of a long-term drive to bring the strength of the force to about 21,000 by 2021, comprising 15,000 gardaí, 2,000 reserves and 4,000 civilians. File photograph: Getty Images

Eight hundred extra gardaí are to be recruited under the Budget 2018, bringing the force’s strength to about 14,000. Minister for Justice Charlie Fla(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the Department of Finance   with TD Peter Burke. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Expect to hear the word “sustainable” a lot today, as Paschal Donohoe and Leo Varadkar seek to make a virtue of the extremely tight budgetary spot in (...)