Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at the launch of a childcare support campaign. Childcare costs are preventing people from working, an Oireachtas committee said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State could be hit with fines of up to €610 million in 2020 for failing to meet its EU climate targets, the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Over(...)

Increasing the threshold would diminish the amount of tax payable on inheritances, many of which are mainly comprised of the family home. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Increases in the threshold for inheritance tax – promised in the programme for Government – have not yet featured in budget negotiations, according to(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Mr Varadkar has announced plans for seven referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

We Irish are among the most referenderised people in the world. We have been to the polls to vote on specific propositions for constitutional change n(...)

A number of referendums will be put to voters in Ireland over the next few years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Over the next two years a series of potential amendments to the Constitution will be put to voters for consideration. The most significant and funda(...)

Mr Varadkar said he would “move might and main” to avoid any sudden hike in property taxes for people in 2019. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not want to see sharp increases in property tax on the back of rising house prices which have increased 60 per(...)

The Government wants to hold eight referendums over the next two years, including one on abortion next year. Some of the referendums may be held in c(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s strategy is to assemble a minority administration with a patchwork quilt of Labour, the Social Democrats, the Greens and others. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The next general election, whenever it happens, will for the first time in a decade once more be a stand-up fight between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to(...)

During the Fine Gael leadership contest Leo Varadkar said the revaluation of property tax would allow the Government take a “proper look at it”.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s approach to revising the property tax should be outlined by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in next month’s budget, Fianna Fáil (...)

As property prices have not risen at the same rate across the country, it means that some homeowners may be burdened with a far greater rise in the tax than others. Photograph: iStock

Given the furore that greeted the introduction of water charges, the Government timed the introduction of property tax that bit better. With the State(...)

Unless we change how we calculate local property tax, the increase in LPT many families will face in 2019 will be excessively high, and will present them with an unmanageable financial burden. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Now that an economic recovery is well under way and Irish finances are no longer in crisis, it is time to take a fresh look at the local property tax (...)