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 ‘Pat the Banker’: with a background in health, politics and banking, Pat Farrell is no stranger to the challenges that come with representing a maligned sector.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If Pat Farrell had trouble being painted as the bogeyman, his working life would have been a nightmare. In the more than 45 years since he left school(...)

Sinn Féin’s success in the general election has been covered by a number of media outlets abroad. On Monday morning with 82 out of 160 seats left to (...)

Fianna Fáil has said it  decided against implementing a rent freeze if elected after legal advice to the party stated that such a proposal would be unconstitutional. Photograph: Getty Images

A new advocacy group launched on Wednesday will put pressure on politicians to commit to a referendum on inserting the right to a home into the Consti(...)

A ‘devastated’ Kayla Jackson in her back garden in Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

A Dublin tenant says Irish Rail “destroyed” her back garden without warning. Kayla Jackson says she was told she had no right to be consulted on work(...)

Oireachtas housing committee chairman Noel Rock TD. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The rising number of people recorded as living in emergency accommodation in the latest official figures is “particularly remarkable” as it comes at a(...)

A six months pregnant woman was forced to leave her private rental accommodation because her landlord did not want other tenants disturbed by a crying child, the Dáil has been told. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

A six-months pregnant woman was forced to leave her private rental accommodation because her landlord did not want other tenants disturbed by a crying(...)

Among the reports’ recommendations  are that local authorities  make “the best interests of the child as paramount” when placing families in emergency accommodation. Photograph: Getty Images

Emergency legislation, including imposing restrictions on landlords’ rights, is needed to tackle the homelessness crisis, two Oireachtas committees ha(...)

Tenants facing mass eviction following sale of the houses at 32 and 34 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin, in June. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Landlords could lose the automatic right to evict tenants when selling their property if the recommendations of an Oireachtas report to be published o(...)

RTÉ Headquarters. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good morning. Days after the death of Gay Byrne, the dominant and outstanding figure in its history, RTÉ outlined overnight the measures it will have(...)

“For someone who is €100,000 over the threshold at retirement, a tax charge will be deducted from their benefits of €40,000, and the €60,000 remaining will likely be subject to income tax at 40 per cent, USC at 8 per cent and possibly PRSI at 4 per cent.” Photograph: iStock
Beware the funding threshold

While most of us do not need to be aware of the upper limit when saving for pensions, there is a cohort of people who are liable to face severe penalt(...)

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