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The launch of Siptu’s  Stop 67 campaign to reverse the pension age increase to age 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028. Photograph: , Nick Bradshaw

The country’s largest union Siptu has launched a coalition to pressurise politicians to stop the State pension age rising to 67 next year and to consi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varakar (L) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Neither Fianna Fáil not Fine Gael responded to queries seeking the costs of their pension promises

Parties scrambled to promise changes to pension rules last night as fears grow of an auction election. But even as the parties clashed over pensions (...)

 Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government ignored repeated warnings about the implications of increasing the State pension age, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has sai(...)

Willie O’Dea  confirmed Fianna Fáil plans to outlaw contracts that force workers to leave their jobs at 65. Photograph: iStock

Pulling plans to increase the State pension age will cost the incoming government up to €470 million a year, according to Government’s own figures, Fi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured during a media briefing at Government Buildings. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

As we face into the second week of the general election campaign we can expect many spending promises with the main parties due to launch their housin(...)

Helen McEntee from Nobber is seen as a reserved but smart politician who has performed well on the international Brexit stage. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Meath East (three seats) Current: 2 FG, 1 FF The three sitting TDs in Meath East have the constituency nicely divided between them based on geograph(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said the party is committed to introducing a welcoming New Irish policy.

Political parties must quickly act against candidates who make anti-immigrant remarks to win publicity and and votes during the general election campa(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: wants all primary school children, regardless of income bracket,  to eventually get a hot meal daily at school. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Free hot school meals are to be provided to a further 35,000 children from September, the Minister for Social Protection will announce on Tuesday. R(...)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, had committed to publishing this strategy during the summer and its much-delayed publication on Tuesday may well be one of her last acts as Minister. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Over 70,000 children will be lifted out of consistent poverty by the end of the year, while the State pension will be benchmarked against the cost of (...)

Though Leo Varadkar played Brexit cannily, he spent much of 2019 under domestic pressure. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is only one candidate for the story of 2019 in Irish politics: Brexit dominated everything. So much did Irish politics progress in the shadow of(...)

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