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 Joan Collins told the Dáil  “it’s absolutely outrageous  ...  people are being subjected to this Budget”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD Joan Collins acknowledged she should not have sworn during the ongoing Dáil debate on the Budget after she told the Government and Fian(...)

Fianna Fail’s finance  spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Fianna Fáil has sharply criticised the Government’s management of exchequer funds and claimed that “the resources have not been well spent”. The part(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Deputy Michael McGrath and Barry Cowen, the public expenditure spokesman, are still negotiating the details of the budget with Fine Gael. File photograph: Alan Betson

There is less money available for spending on new measures in the budget than had been previously flagged by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, Fia(...)

 Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys (above) and Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty are working jointly on the plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Businesses deemed to be “vulnerable but viable” in the wake of a no-deal Brexit will be targeted for supports in a new initiative set to be announced (...)

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 (...)

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