Willie O Dea

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 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(...)

Fine Gael Senator and a former TD Kieran O’Donnell, who narrowly missed out on the fourth seat in the 2016 election, should be the heir apparent for Michael Noonan’s seat. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Limerick City (four seats) Current: 1 FF, 1 SF, 1 FG, 1 Lab Two things appear certain in this constituency: regular poll-topper Willie O’Dea will be(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a particul(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says advice from the Attorney General and external lawyers was that  the mandatory use of the card across government was permitted.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has insisted the Data Protection Commissioner has misinterpreted the law governing the use of the Public(...)

No final decision has been made regarding the number of years for a full State pension. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

My husband was supposed to retire next year (2020) but his retirement age has been increased by two years now, to 2022. I have been following the Dái(...)

The commission’s report on the Public Services Card contains eight adverse findings about the project, all of which Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said her department disagrees with

The cost of the public services card has risen to nearly €68 million, according to new information given to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC)(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with Budget 2020 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Budget 2020 has broken the assumption built up over recent years of continuous, generous increases in funding for Government departments; of across-th(...)

The updated projections for 2019 Corporation tax – with November one of the highest yielding months – will be included in the budget white paper to be published this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Corporation tax receipts for this year are set to reach at least the same level as 2018 despite an anticipated dip from last year’s € 10.4 billion hau(...)

Willie O’Dea: It is  suggested he  has been stung by jibes from  Opposition TDs on the pension  issue

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has privately told senior party figures they are risking a general election backlash from older voters if they do not insi(...)

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