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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has been accused of not explaining where he will find up to €900 million to cover cost overruns on key infrastructure projects.

Running “roughshod” over Fianna Fáil would be a “mistake you’ll regret,” the Minister for Finance was warned during a heated Dáil row about funding fo(...)

Barry Cowen TD:  ‘There can be no other action taken. It is then up to the Director of Public Prosecutions to take up the case and seek a conviction’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Anyone who robs a bank and is caught will have the “book thrown at them” but if insurance claim fraudsters are found out there are absolutely no conse(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good morning, and happy Valentine’s Day — the day the price of a bunch of roses rises by national children’s hospital proportions. Matters in Fianna (...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris will apologise for telling the Dáil the budget for the national children’s hospital was on track at a time when he ha(...)

It was “amazing” that Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (pictured) did not ask for updates on the hospital as the budget approached, Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Barry Cowen said. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said he did not discuss cost overruns at the national children’s hospital before the budget and only discusse(...)

 A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph:  Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has said if it was not for Brexit, the Government would not have survived recent controversies including the escalation of (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

At times Fianna Fáil TDs are left to judge the political direction of their party by the mood of their leader rather than by anything he says. On the(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath  and Public Expenditure and Reform spokesman Barry Cowen criticised the budget announced on Tuesday. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Government has failed to get to grips with the housing crisis and the budgetary process on health was “chaotic”, according to Fianna Fáil finance (...)

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: his meetings with his ministerial colleagues on the budget in recent weeks have been relatively straightforward. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

With most spending plans for next year squared off with his Cabinet colleagues in recent weeks, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will hold a s(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Increases in carbon tax and changes to the special VAT rate for the hospitality sector are being considered for the October budget, Fianna Fáil leader(...)

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