The chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said   most committees were finding it very difficult to achieve a quorum. File photograph: The Irish Times

Poor attendance at Oireachtas committee meetings is forcing chairmen or women to “grab a TD or Senator” from another committee so as to start a meetin(...)

Few taxes can have been the subject of more reports and analysis than the local property tax. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s indecision is final. After a year-long review process it has put off agreeing on what to do next with the local property tax until we(...)

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea  feels his demand for a €5 rise in the State pension and disability and carers allowance will not be fully met.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea has intervened in budget negotiations to demand social welfare increases. The Sunday Independent (...)

Eamon Ryan: “We have learned nothing from  before the economic crash where a lack of independent questioning led to unsustainable budget decision-making.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has applied classic Yes Minister tactics to delay the establishment of an independent budget office to(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan flagged in early September that QIAIFs and ICAVs were in his sights

Overseas investors in Irish property may have to wait for a further two months for clarity on how the Government plans to tax structures they have use(...)

Perhaps the most significant item to watch out for in the budget is whether Katherine Zappone gets her way on childcare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The lead into this year’s budget has followed traditional patterns. It was supposed to be different this time but it is not. Even though there is now (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: has yet to agree a final budgetary figure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Social Protection has refused a request to divert savings from falling unemployment payments to aid the Department of Health. Mon(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: Insists  the fiscal space available for the budget will be divided on a 2:1 ratio between public spending increases and tax cuts. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

So far, the reformed budget process is looking an awful lot like the unreformed budget process. Each of the twin architects of the budget – Minister (...)

The signature doesn’t give away much, but Lane’s letter sounds a cautionary note, warning of lower corporate tax revenues, falling central bank profits and higher interest rates.

The first point of note in Central Bank governor Philip Lane’s pre-Budget letter to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is the governor’s rather inter(...)

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have only three options: a minority government, some form of coalition or partnership or another election.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny was not expected to make a play for a grand coalition quite so soon in his first engagement with his Fianna Fáil counterpa(...)