Minister for Social Protection and Labour leadership candidate Joan Burton has indicated that higher spending Government departments should have a gre(...)

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses   near Blanchardstown. File photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore personally clashed at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting on efforts to secure agreement on water charg(...)

File image of Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

What has changed today to cause the latest crisis at Cabinet? Is it that ministers were suddenly told they had to introduce water charges(...)

Geraldine Byrne Nason was “a pivotal figure in the fiscal treaty referendum campaign and throughout Ireland’s EU presidency”, a Government  spokesman said.

The second-highest official in the Department of the Taoiseach is leaving the post with a view to returning to the Department of Foreign Affair(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan speaking to media on the subject of costs at Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has denied he misled the Oireachtas about the set-up costs of Irish Water.Mr Hogan was replying to Fianna Fáil(...)

Brendan Howlin: the Minister for Public Expenditure holds out hope that voters won’t punish the party for its austere fiscal policy in Government. Photograph: PA

Labour is bracing for a mighty challenge in the local and European elections next May but Brendan Howlin holds out hope that voters won’t punish the p(...)

The Government unveiled a six-year Strategy for Gobbledegook yesterday. Their 20/20 vision.It wouldn’t pass muster in Specsavers. Clear as mud.People (...)

People queue to enter the Working Abroad Expo which was held in The RDS last month. It has emerged that unemployment benefits for new claimants aged under-25 are to be reduced in the budget which will be announced tomorrow. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Unemployment benefits for new claimants aged under-25 are to be reduced in the budget. People aged between 18 and 21 years currently receive €100 per (...)

The budget allocation to Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was said last night to be close to agreement but there was still no final deal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new swathe of welfare cuts is in prospect as preparations for Budget 2014 next Tuesday move into their final phase.Under examination is the possibil(...)

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