The refunding of approximately €173 million paid by some 999,000 householders is due before the end of the year.

Refunds of water charge payments moved a step closer after the Dáil voted by 84 to 44 with one abstention to pass the early stage of the Water Service(...)

John Concannon is the director of the Strategic Communications Unit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he did not appoint the head of the Government’s new Strategic Communications Unit but he did approach and ask him(...)

Joan Burton: she said depending on commercial property stamp duty revenues to pay for tax cuts and permanent spending increases was simply repeating the mistakes of the past

The Government could have lost millions in tax revenues because of the advance notice that it was about to raise sharply stamp duties on commercial pr(...)

Fine Gael said it echoes the sentiments expressed by the chair of the Citizens’ Assembly, Ms Justice Laffoy. Photograph: Eric Luke

None of the four main parties favour implementing the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly for greatly increased access to abortion. Fianna Fáil (...)

A file image of thousands of people attending a Right 2 Water protest in Dublin last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The politics of “thuggery” did not defeat water charges, Fianna Fáil’s local government spokesman Barry Cowen has claimed. During a late night debate(...)

The referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which places the life of the unborn on an equal footing to that of the mother, will be held in isolation next May or June. Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar said this was a particularly sensitive issue that should be a “standalone” referendum. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Government has agreed to hold seven referendums over the next two years but has been criticised for failing to propose votes on enshrining water s(...)

Senior Government figures have discussed setting up a new housing corporation that would be able to act as a developer of State-funded homes. Photograph: Getty Images

A number of parties have called on the Government to give the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) more powers to build housing instead of establis(...)

Families and children accounted for nearly half the total homeless population last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Census figures showing almost 7,000 people homeless last year highlight the urgent need for a national affordable housing scheme, according to Labour (...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said the Government’s new affordable childcare scheme may not be ready by its September 2018 deadline. File  photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government’s new affordable childcare scheme may not be ready by its September 2018 deadline, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said. (...)

Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in priva(...)