Patrick Costello and Neasa Hourigan   lost the party whip for six months after they voted in favour of the Sinn Féin motion on the National Maternity Hospital (NMH).

Neasa Hourigan will be able to keep her role as chairwoman of the Budgetary Oversight Committee despite losing the Green Party whip. Fellow rebel TD (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  “Our public debt is approaching a quarter of a trillion euros.” Photograph: Julien Behal

The Cabinet will be warned today that current levels of public spending are unsustainable at Ireland’s existing tax base. However, fearing a politic(...)

Unemployment levels are likely to peak in the first quarter of 2021 before falling again but the Economic and Social Research Institute (predicts they will remain above 10 per cent by the end of the year.

Unemployment levels are likely to peak in the first quarter of 2021 before falling again but the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) predict(...)

Photograph: Eric Luke

The vast majority of Oireachtas committees will not be set up until the end of the year under new proposals to be considered by TDs on Wednesday. The(...)

Colm Brophy: said  the economic damage to the economy “and to the wellbeing of many individuals and businesses will be deep and possibly prolonged”. Photograph: Tom Honan

A prominent Fine Gael TD has called for a new State body to be established, aside from the National Health Emergency Team, to help lead economic recov(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald takes part in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Question: Do carbon taxes reduce emissions, and have they done so in Ireland? Who is making the claim? On Tuesday night’s RTÉ leaders’ debate, Sinn(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: While details of how the  fund may be used to help deal with a disorderly Brexit are not  finalised, triggering the fund is being examined. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The State’s “rainy day fund”, which will be worth €2 billion by the end of the year, could be used by the Government to deal with the effects of a no-(...)

The institute said that a person earning €75,000 pays eight times more personal tax (income tax, USC and social insurance) than someone earning €25,000. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is “unsustainable” to keep more than 750,000 income earners outside of the tax loop, the Irish Tax Institute (ITI) has warned. In a pre-budge(...)

Last year, when collected by local authorities, the tax brought in €470m for the exchequer.

The State should aim to receive €500 million a year from the local property tax (LPT) and apply a central rate to achieve that, an Oireachtas committe(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will tell the Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee it is “critical that the expenditure position for Budget 2020 is managed within the parameters set out in the mid-year expenditure report”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government departments have been warned there will be no extra money available in the budget over and above what has already been pledged. The Iris(...)

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