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Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said: “We have Christmas bonuses to consider, we have increases in pension payments to consider, but there are far more vulnerable people in Ireland today than our old age pensioners.” File photograph: Getty Images

An increase in the old age pension will be included in the October Budget but the exact level has yet to be decided, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insist(...)

 People protest in Dublin against water charges. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised that all those who paid water charges will be refunded before Christmas. Mr Varadkar said in an interview on Sun(...)

Age Action wants the abolition of prescription charges for medical card holders, and restoration of the fuel and telephone allowance. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The State pension must be increased by €5 in the next budget, Age Action has said. As part of its Budget 2017 submission, the charity also called fo(...)

The proposed income tax plan outlines three options for sharp reductions in the USC burden over the next three years, in line with the Government committment. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The universal social charge could be sharply reduced over the next three budgets, but only if all the money allocated for tax cuts is used for this pu(...)

The critical political and economic challenges this Government faces, as it sees them, are one and the same: to convince voters who, polls suggest, do(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron congratulates chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne after he delivered his budget yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

George Osborne, the British chancellor of the exchequer, is a lover of backgammon, a game that depends on strategy and luck, but one that also require(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “My commitment to the Irish people is that, under this Government, we are never going back.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Four years ago today, in the face of an unprecedented crisis, a new Government was formed with a mandate from the Irish people to fix the public finan(...)

Measures  announced in today’s Budget will benefit workers but will see the self employed hit with a one point hike in the 10 per cent USC rate on incomes over €100,000.

Income tax bills will fall across the board following the Budget. A complex series of measures means the percentage gains across income levels vary s(...)

Rebecca Purcell: what was most needed from the Budget was that it build on the positivity she says people are begining to feel around Tipperary. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thurles is a fairly typical former market town in a rural area, if there is such a thing. The shopping centre has taken a lot of the jizz out of the t(...)