Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe introducing the budget in Leinster House.

Below is the full statement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announcing the budget to the Dáil on Tuesday(...)

Pictured (from left) Daisy O’Connor (6); Fergus Finlay, Barnardos CEO and  Patrick Regan (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government inaction means parents are once again being forced to subsidise an “underfunded education system” with the number of schools asking for a s(...)

Junior Infant Luca McGlade at St Olaf’s NS, Balally Drive, Dundrum. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Record numbers of parents struggling to cover the cost of food, clothes, transition year, voluntary contributions and the technology some schools insi(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar during the launch of his policy document, Taking Ireland Forward, as part of his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s dog whistles are the most disquieting in this subverted Fine Gael leadership contest. The stuff about supporting people “who get up in (...)

Minster for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dear Richard, Pricewatch hopes your new job as Minister for Education is going well and you are enjoying your summer break – a break that, incident(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said the allowance is not meant to cover costs, but to give assistance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Welfare authorities are receiving almost 1,000 applications every weekday for assistance with back-to-school costs. The surge in the number of (...)