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Wilson’s Bridge in Buncrana, Co Donegal, destroyed after floods in August 2017. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

“At some stage.” That was Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s response on budget night to the question of when a meaningful carbon tax might be considered. Other(...)

Minister for Tourism: the Restaurants Association of Ireland called for his head over the VAT increase. Photograph: Alan Betson

Budget 2019 attempted to spread largesse from a fairly small pot as widely as possible. To make that easier, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe rais(...)

Maurice Buckley, chair of the Office of Public Works  confirmed Stepaside is expected to reopen next June. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About €1.5 million will be spent on refurbishing Stepaside Garda station while five other stations will be allocated a maximum of €1 million between t(...)

The former Garda station in Stepaside which is set to be re-furbished.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The old Stepaside Garda station, closed five years ago, is to be refurbished instead of being replaced by a new purpose-built facility, according to l(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross at the NTA’s   media briefing of the plans for Dublin bus.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

Minster for Transport Shane Ross has complained to the National Transport Authority (NTA) about plans to reform Dublin’s bus services, warning that it(...)

The issue in question  came to light while gardaí were being trained on roadside drug-driving tests using impairment tests and new drug-driving test kits. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wiredrink

A legislative error that meant drivers who failed a roadside impairment test could not be required to provide a blood or urine sample is due to be fix(...)

Interested groups listen to Minister Donohoe, as he delivers Budget 2019 Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

First, do no harm. Any finance minister should heed the primary precept of the Hippocratic oath, and ensure that their fiscal and economic prescriptio(...)

Homeless  in Dublin. The increase in homeless funding this year to €146m   is by now depressingly expected. Photograph:  Tom Honan

The timing of the recent big-money housing announcement of the €1.25 billion Land Development Agency may have been calculated to take the edge off app(...)

Customers in the Balrothery Inn in Dublin watch Paschal Donohoe deliver his budget speech.

Anniversary budget What the Minister said: “A decade on from the financial and economic crisis that wrought havoc with the lives and aspirations of s(...)

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, declared that the reduced VAT rate of 9 per cent to help the tourism and hospitality industry has “done its job”.

Groups representing the tourism and hospitality industries have sharply criticised the Government for raising the sectors’ VAT rate from 9 per cent to(...)

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