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Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn appeared quite satisfied with himself when he came to address the media in the Italian Room in Government Buildings after the budget was announced yesterday.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn appeared quite satisfied with himself when he came to address the media in the Italian Room in Government Building(...)

In his budget speech, Mr Howlin said there would be no changes to the pupil-to-teacher ratio and primary or secondary level. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The Department of Education has been granted permission to take on some 1,250 new teachers, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has announc(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to media during the second day of the Fine Gael national conference in Limerick today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government intends to extend the entitlement to vote in Seanad elections to all third-level graduates “as a small first step” towards the reform o(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: welfare cuts have been set a €300 million.

Fine Gael is stepping up pressure on Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to make better use of declining welfare expenditure to stimulate emplo(...)

Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Fine Gael National Conference in the South Court Hotel in Limerick last night. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is confident next week’s budget will help the State to record a primary surplus in 2014 and allow the Government to b(...)

Dara Calleary, Fianna Fail spokesman on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at today’s press conference where Fianna Fail launched their pre-Budget submission. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES Keywords : politics economy savings politician political

Fianna Fáil has said the adjustment in next week’s budget should be €2.4 billion and that a 50/50 mix of spending cuts and tax hikes should be pursued(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: ‘It is not sustainable that people who have embraced the agreement would do work without pay and those who put themselves outside it would be paid for that work.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has indicated that the Government would like talks with second-level teachers who have been(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has said the Government has an obligation to reform the Seanad following yesterday’s referendum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has said the Government has “an obligation” to reform the Seanad following the result of yesterday’s referend(...)

The two sides in the Seanad Referendum campaign have said they are confident their sides could pull off a victory tomorrow. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil this morning made the final pitches of their Seanad referendum campaigns ahead of a broadcast moratorium and tomorrow’s vote(...)

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn’s Bill was for the banning of upward only rent reviews.

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad last night on the eve of the referendum to scrap the Upper House. Ahead of polling(...)

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