Labour leader Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Mick Barry, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan before the Tonight Show Leaders’ Debate on  Virgin Media One. Photograph:  Maxwells

The leaders of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have clashed over whether a freeze on rents could be delivered by the next government. In a heated televis(...)

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty speaking at the publication of the party’s general election manifesto in Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s biggest proposed tax raising measure in its election manifesto involves changing a key rule in relation to taxing some of the big multinat(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald is pictured  as the party presented its general election manifesto at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin’s general election manifesto sets it firmly apart from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil with radical proposals to add significantly to planned gove(...)

Irish people take out on average €4,000 a year from ATMs, the fifth highest level in Europe.  Photograph: Tom Honan.

Talk of Irish banks selling off significant parts of the ATM cash machine network to private operators raises once again the failure of Ireland’s reta(...)

Labour’s Joan Burton has said while the party will not increase taxes on ordinary workers, it will be providing for taxation increases amounting to about €400 million per year. File photograph: Collins Courts

The Labour Party says it will fund annual increases of €5 for social welfare payments and increase the bank levy as part of their economic policy. Th(...)

Pensioners Christy Waters from Clondalkin, Dublin,  and Pat Daly from Galway at the launch of Siptu’s Stop 67 campaign to reverse the pension age increase. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

It started with Martin Walsh’s Wednesday lunchtime call last week to RTÉ’s Liveline – a day after Leo Varadkar called the election on January 14th – t(...)

There is more in common with the way Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael allocate funds than there are differences.

Perhaps the crisis has changed Irish election campaigns – at least a bit. The line- up of promise after promise continues, based on a benign economic (...)

UK chancellor Sajid Javid. “His message to UK business was clear  – the UK was getting ready to diverge from EU rules.” Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

This time next week the UK will have left the European Union. You will hardly notice, bar reports of whatever show Nigel Farage and his pals put on in(...)

 Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe at his office in Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As an escape from the hurly-burly of politics, Paschal Donohoe loves to get lost in a bit of science fiction. On the window sill beside his desk in th(...)

There is always a  risk is that the parties will   try to win our votes with promises funded by money that may not materialise. Photograph: PA

The parties are about to launch their manifestos. And as their basis they will be using updated Department of Finance estimates for the public finance(...)

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