Brendan Howlin

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Labour Leader Brendan Howlin (front): ‘It is shocking that one quarter of workers are earning less than the living wage’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has accused the Government of attempting to “shrink the tax base” and of planning to provide tax cuts in next week’s budg(...)

On occasions it’s like your mind has been hijacked. Or as soon as you go to sleep, your mind slips out of your brain and takes magic mushrooms. Photograph: Getty Images

It sounds like one of those questions that should have already been settled, but it’s still not clear why humans dream. It could be our minds processi(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has warned of the potential negative impact of tax cuts being speculated about ahead of the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Government runs a very real risk of repeating the mistakes that led to the economic crash if mounting speculation about taxes being cuts in the fo(...)

The official cost of the President’s office in 2016 was €3.6m, of which €1.15m was accounted for by the bonus paid to citizens who have reached 100 years of age. Photograph: Frank Miller

The disclosure at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the President has an annual unaudited allowance of €317,000, on top of his regular expenses(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, the National Ploughing Association director Anna May McHugh,  and chairman of the National Ploughing Association, Denis Keohane. Photograph: Tom Honan

President Higgins must be very keen to keep to his campaign timetable, we mused, as he addressed the crowd at the Ploughing. He appeared to be wearin(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has been accused of being disconnected from his brief. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has insisted he is fully committed to the Bus Connects project despite having told a residents’ association meeting (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Leo Varadkar has dismissed reports that the EU will make support for Ireland’s Brexit position conditional on the State dropping opposition to corpora(...)

Labour Party TDs, senators and councillors who debated the leadership on Sunday evening at their think-in. Photograph: Paul Connor

Labour party leader Brendan Howlin says the leadership issue has been settled until after the next election, following a tense four-hour debate on the(...)

 Labour TD Alan Kelly: “Happy for anyone to lead us into the next election” as long as the party  targets the right policies and improves its performance. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour TD Alan Kelly has rounded on his Leinster House party colleagues by telling them their performance is “not good enough”. Mr Kelly made his com(...)

Brendan Howlin  said he spoke to President Higgins in recent days, and predicted a “broad coalition” will back his re-election. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins will have no difficulty in publishing his expenses and costs associated with Áras an Uachtaráin, Labour leader Brendan How(...)

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