Breaking Pensioners losing up to €35 weekly due to anomaly to be restored to higher rate from March
Pensioners, mainly women, who lose out on up to €35 a week because of a 2012 anomaly are to be restored to higher rate from March.
Pensioners, mainly women, who lose out on up to €35 a week because of a 2012 anomaly are to be restored to higher rate from March.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has defended his new home-loan scheme against accusations that it will be of little use to the majority of first-time buyers.
Fianna Fáil heavy hitters will stay away from a special meeting of parliamentary party members opposed to repealing the Eighth Amendment.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is facing a "rural uprising" from ministers and TDs over what they see as his 'city-centric' long-term plan for Ireland.
FIANNA Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath will oppose any attempt to legislate for abortion up to 12 weeks, putting him at odds with the party leader.
In his inauguration speech Michael D Higgins set a series of notional targets for his presidency.
It will be years before pensioners hit by an anomaly in the system see any of the money deducted from their State payments since 2012.
A SINN Féin TD struck a secret deal with the party that allows him to draw down his entire Dáil salary of more than €90,000, we can reveal.
Micheál Martin has made a u-turn on his views on the upcoming referendum of the Eighth Amendment putting him at odds with much of his party. Independent.ie's Political Editor Kevin Doyle looks at the significance of Mr Martin's contribution during Thursday's Dáil debate.
EVER wonder what goes on a Fine Gael night with Leo Varadkar?
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been described as a "nutcase" by the DUP's Brexit spokesman.
A final round of talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland Assembly are to begin next Wednesday
Health Minister Simon Harris listed the number of women from every county in Ireland who travelled to the UK for an abortion in 2016 as he told of the "sad reality" that we have been exporting the...
HEALTH Minister Simon Harris opened a two-day Dáil debate on repealing the Eighth Amendment and has read into the record the number of people from each county who travelled to the UK for an abortion in 2016.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has opened the door to a compensation pay out for the woman at the centre of the Kerry Babies controversy.
Workers in hospices and disability organisations should get pay restoration in line with HSE employees, Fianna Fáil has demanded.
The St Patrick's Day exodus will see ministers travel to 35 countries in one of the largest overseas offensives ever - but Shane Ross is being left at home for the second year in a row.
Abortion is already a reality in Ireland and needs to be dealt with through legislation, Health Minister Simon Harris will tell the Dáil today.
The St Patrick’s Day exodus will see ministers travel to 35 countries in one of the largest overseas offensives ever, Independent.ie can reveal.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been accused of “undermining” the work of the all-party committee on repealing the Eighth by sending out mixed messages.
IT sounds more ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ than ‘Masterchef’.
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald's judgment has been seriously undermined after MP Barry McElduff finally resigned over the Kingsmill controversy.
The email inviting Fine Gael TDs and senators to "a dinner with a twist" was an attempt by the party hierarchy to keep everyone united in the face of a debate that has the potential to divide Ireland.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned there will be consequences if a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment is not passed.
Sinn Féin’s Barry McEluff is to stand down as MP following the controversy over a social media video in which he appeared to joke about the Kingsmill massacre.
A €4m team of advisers to the Government are to receive pay rises, the Irish Independent has learned.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy will today launch a defence of the 'Rebuilding Ireland' plan, saying the Government exceeded its social housing targets in 2017.
HALLELUJAH… Nigel Farage wants a second Brexit referendum. That might be the reaction if you bluntly assessed the Ukip politician's comments yesterday - but in reality it's a case of wishful thinking.
Sinn Féin's expenses from the Westminster parliament are coming under renewed scrutiny in the wake of absentee MP Barry McElduff's 'joke' about Kingsmill.
Patients are having to endure the indignity of mixed wards as the trolley crisis continues to leave many hospitals with dangerous levels of overcrowding.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has strongly indicated to Cabinet colleagues that a referendum next summer will ask people if they want to allow abortions up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
It seems pretty clear now we'll be voting on the abortion referendum in the summer.
PROPOSALS to allow abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy go “further than many people would have anticipated”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Cabinet ministers will today be asked to give the green light for the preparation of legislation allowing abortion up to 12 weeks.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the Government will look at how EU payments to farmers and businesses can be protected - as member states are urged to cough up more to plug the €13bn Brexit-related black hole in the EU budget.
Major funds will have to be set aside to tackle the hole in the country's pension pot or the long-term consequences will be huge, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said.
Schools are to be encouraged to adopt a 'trial and error' approach to new styles of teaching in a bid to make classrooms more relevant to the real world.
January is a time for turning up the political heat.
Sinn Féin "hasn't changed its nature" despite moves for a generational shift in its leadership, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.
Large swathes of the country remain under a Status Yellow weather warning this morning as the danger of coastal flooding remains.
Young couples are taking on debt that "threatens to absorb everything they do in their lives" because affordable homes no longer exist in Dublin, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.
There is no evidence of people declaring themselves homeless in a bid to 'game the system', Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has said.
The country is facing the prospect of "pretty major fines" unless greenhouse gas emissions begin to rapidly reduce, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted.
A general election this year seems increasingly likely after Micheál Martin said he was not minded to renew the 'confidence and supply' arrangement with Fine Gael.
Teenagers are to be taught about sexual consent as part of a new programme to be introduced in schools in the new year, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the reaction to the 1987 State papers is the lack of surprises.
A cabinet reshuffle is off the table in 2018 even if Frances Fitzgerald is exonerated by the Charleton Tribunal.
Health Minister Simon Harris will support abortion on demand up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy, the Irish Independent can reveal.
A €1bn tax giveaway in the next Budget may have to be curtailed if there is any risk of the economy overheating in the months ahead.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refused to describe Scientology as ‘a cult’, saying he doesn’t know enough about it.
The Government is willing to pull out whatever stops are necessary to ensure Pope Francis has a successful visit to Ireland next year.
Ireland is to significantly increase spending on overseas aid as the economy recovers, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Direct rule of Northern Ireland from London is not an option amid the ongoing standoff between Sinn Féin and the DUP, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Nobody should feel particularly happy when the result of the abortion referendum is revealed next summer.
There's a spin the 'wheel of crisis' game going on in Government.
Patients who need an ultrasound to investigate a potentially serious illness are now enduring a delay of at least three months in University Hospital Kerry before getting the vital scan, it emerged yesterday.
The introduction of Rent Pressure Zones has failed to prevent the monthly rental costs facing tenants spiralling by almost 10pc in a year.
Almost 8,000 homes are to be protected by new flood defences as part of a €260m announcement today, the Irish Independent understands.
Ministers will be allowed to vote against the Government when the issue of abortion comes before the Dáil.
Following this morning's major breakthrough on the Brexit deal, here are the big winners and losers from the agreement.
WHEN Ray Houghton put the ball in the English net in 1988, the country went mad - but Jack Charlton had some sage words.
THE European Commission has announced it is recommending to the European Council that "sufficient progress" has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks - which had initially floundered on the status of the Irish border.
BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May is to provide the Irish Government with a new text aimed at resolving the impasse on a Brexit deal today.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to provide the Irish government with new text aimed at resolving the impasse on a Brexit deal within 24 hours.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have spoken for the first time since Brexit talks collapsed on Monday.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he believes the British prime minister wants a Brexit deal on the Irish border and is now acting in good faith.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has objected to the US Embassy about President Donald Trump’s plan to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Irish Government is willing to facilitate a "clarification" being added to the text of a Brexit deal with the UK if it gets Theresa May off the hook with DUP, Independent.ie understands.
The UK and Irish governments have just 10 days to strike a deal on the 'Irish question' before the UK can progress to phase two of their Brexit negotiations with the EU. Here's a timeline of events.
The compulsory retirement age for public sector workers is to rise to 70 under plans to be announced today, the Irish Independent understands.
The Government is considering giving financial incentives for people who want to complete a language Masters, with a view to becoming school teachers.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was "both surprised and disappointed" after Brexit talks on the Northern Ireland border failed to reach a deal today.
A draft text on the future of the Irish border would commit the UK to allowing a "full alignment" of regulatory issues between the Republic and Northern Ireland.
Former justice minister Alan Shatter has claimed an inquiry which reviewed his handling of complaints by a Garda whistleblower was run in a similar fashion to a kangaroo court.
For one day only, Ireland stands at the centre of Europe. A small nation shouldering great power, which brings with it great responsibility.
Transport Minister Shane Ross is to come under pressure from his Fine Gael colleagues to provide €1m to off-set the impact of stricter drink-driving laws on rural Ireland.
Ireland is sticking to a red-line position that there must be no change to cross-Border trade rules as the Brexit talks look set to miss today's deadline for a deal.
The use of internet 'bots' to influence political debate will be punished with fines of up to €10,000 or five years' imprisonment under new laws tabled by Fianna Fáil.
IRELAND’S bid to get solid answers from the UK on their future plans for the border have received a major boost from EU Council President Donald Tusk.
Josepha Madigan is as close as you could come to finding an overnight success in Irish politics.
European Council President Donald Tusk is to fly to Dublin tomorrow to reaffirm the EU's commitment to preventing a hard Border with the North after Brexit, the Irish Independent understands.
Former minister Mary Hanafin has lost out in a vote to represent Fianna Fáil in the next general election.
Former tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald received a standing ovation from Fine Gael colleagues in Leinster House tonight.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is “at a loss to comprehend” how it was claimed by senior Gardaí that there is no money to pay for overtime in the run up to Christmas.
Gardaí have clarified that a ban on overtime notified to officers yesterday will only remain in place until Sunday night and not the end of the year.
Leo Varadkar's authority within the Fine Gael party has been severely damaged as a result of his handling of the Frances Fitzgerald affair.
JUSTICE Minister Charlie Flanagan has issued an apology to Labour TD Alan Kelly who he alleged was engaged in a smear campaign against him.
Department of Justice secretary general Noel Waters has retired early – just hours after Tánaiste and former Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald resigned her position.
A bit like Christmas, election fever has gripped the nation a bit sooner than anybody wanted.
As the political crisis continues there is a growing disquiet in Fine Gael, with many TDs considering calling on the Taoiseach to urge Ms Fitzgerald to stand aside.
TÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald has vowed to fight on despite release of fresh emails relating to the treatment of whistleblower Maurice McCabe.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald “noted” the email at the centre of the controversy threatening to bring down the Government when she received it in 2015.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is to bring legislation to the Cabinet tomorrow which would allow public servants to continue to paid in the event of a snap election.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fail were this weekend coming under intense pressure from voters to pull back from the brink of a general election in the days before Christmas.
I won't be doing a Theresa May, you can be sure of that. Those were the words of Leo Varadkar in an interview with the Sunday Independent shortly after he was elected as the country's youngest ever leader.
A reworking of constituency boundaries planned to be approved by Cabinet next week will not happen if a General Election is called.
Sitting in the Dáil bar, the Fianna Fáil TDs were largely unsure what Jim O'Callaghan was about to do.
There will be a General Election if the current impasse between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is not resolved by Tuesday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to “step back from the brink and prevent a needless and costly general election”, the Independent Alliance has said.
FINANCE Minister Paschal Donohoe has said that “potentially historic decisions” will have to be made with regard to Brexit in the coming weeks while the Fianna Fáil locker room is focused on politics.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party "does not want a general election" and has called on Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald to step down.
The country is under attack from within.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar is facing the biggest political question of his career: sack his Tánaiste or call an election.
The country is on the verge of a General Election after Fianna Fáil expressed no confidence in Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.
TÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald is facing a motion of no confidence after Sinn Féin claimed it is now "abundantly clear" she needs to be forced from office.
Fresh legal advice obtained by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said she was correct not to question the legal strategy being adopted by the Garda at the O'Higgins Commission.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald wasn't told about an email at the centre of the latest justice crisis until a full week after it was discovered, the Irish Independent has learned.
TÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald has launched a stern defence of her record as justice minister, saying she “utterly rejects” suggestions she acted improperly.
If this were a game of Cluedo the obvious answer is that it was Frances Fitzgerald in the Department of Justice with the email.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald today faced huge criticism over her alleged “failure to protect” garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
GARDA whistleblower Maurice McCabe pulled back from issuing a statement that could have ended Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s career last night.
Post offices are to develop a wider range of financial and banking services in a bid to remain relevant in the internet era.
TÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald should have been “astonished” by the aggressive approach being taken by lawyers for the Garda Commissioner at O’Higgins’ Commission, Opposition TDs have said.