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Leo Varadkar said property tax bands and rates would be reformed to ensure that any changes would be modest. Photograph: Alex Slobodkin/ISPC

Any changes to local property tax will not be introduced until 2020 at the earliest, the Taoiseach has said. Leo Varadkar told the Dáil there will be(...)

The Dublin at Christmas Procession making its way down Grafton Street towards O’Connell Street for the official Christmas lights switch-on last November. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

An Oireachtas committee has vowed to fight “Scrooge-like” plans by Dublin City Council to cancel the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony beca(...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Séamus McCarthy: although providing and managing  30 per cent of social housing, approved housing bodies are not subject to statutory regulation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The fact that more than 500 voluntary housing bodies are not subject to statutory regulation has been harshly criticised by the Comptroller and Audito(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry  said a similar loss of money in the private sector would have led to disciplinary action.  Photograph:  Bryan James Brophy

The new headquarters for the Department of Health, which lay empty for 18 months at a cost of €11 million, was “in the round a very good deal” for the(...)

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh: he  said recent discussion on the housing issue had been “overly-simplistic”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The gap between private housing supply and demand is unlikely to close for the next three to four years, the chief executive of the National Asset Man(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the  National Ploughing Championship in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has clashed with a powerful Dáil committee chaired by a party colleague over its decision to examine the costs of th(...)

The Public Accounts Committee was told that any dramatic increases in rates would likely be once-off, due to the current long period of time since many properties’ last valuation. Photograph: Getty Images

Revaluations of the commercial rates businesses pay have only been completed by half of local authorities, with progress on a national review criticis(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has said he does not support party leader Micheál Martin on the removal of the Eighth Amendment with access to abortion up to 12 weeks.   Photograph: Sam Boal/

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin strongly defended his decision not to inform his TDs and Senators of his support for repealing the Eighth Amendment (...)

Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It would be difficult for the Government to do anything about a controversial drug rehabilitation treatment centre if people go there “of their own fr(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Only people who should provide addiction services are those who are appropriately qualified and licensed to do so.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Only appropriately qualified and licensed people should provide addiction services, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. He was responding to concerns ab(...)

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