Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  will decide his next move after his negotiating team report back to him on progress of talks to date. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil negotiators may formally report back to party leader Micheál Martin as early as Thursday on talks with Fine Gael on the future of the arra(...)

Independent Alliance TDs Shane Ross and John Halligan called for an increase to the special VAT rate for hotels. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Independent Alliance has called for the special VAT rate for hotels to be increased from 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent. Minister for Tourism Shane (...)

About 84 per cent of restaurants reported difficulties hiring chefs.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has sharply criticised the Government for the crippling skills shortage in the industry that is forcing I(...)

Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath is to meet Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe this week to discuss next month’s budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Alliance Ministers are to seek a restoration of the bereavement grant and an increase in gambling tax in Budget 2018. The group, which i(...)

Leo Varadkar is to confirm the theme of his tenure will be ‘a republic of opportunity’.

Reducing the burden on middle-income families will be a key Government priority in the upcoming budget, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to stress on Thursda(...)

Three Ministers have stated the Policing Authority examination of the falsification of Garda breath test figures and the wrongful conviction of 14,500 people for motoring offences would decide their next course of action regarding the affair. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Government Ministers have stressed the required action will be taken when an independent report on the exaggeration of breath test figures by gardaí i(...)

The CIF has called on Paschal Donohoe to establish a fund that would loan money to small companies for housebuilding. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Builders want the Government to set up a fund that will allow small companies in the industry to borrow cash to build homes. The Construction Indust(...)

RTÉ has hired Kieran Mulvey, former director-general of the Workplace Relations Commission, to provide an independent overview and make recommendations. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government’s public consultation and wage surveys to tackle the gender pay gap in the public and private sectors begins today. Employers, trade u(...)

Figures released this year show the gender pay gap in Ireland is 13.9%, below the European average of 16.7%

The Government is to launch a public consultation and conduct wage surveys to tackle the gender pay gap in the public and private service. Minister f(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: I intend to recruit a number of special advisers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been planning his ascent to the top of the political mountain for a long time. Now that he has reached the summit, it was (...)

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