High mortgage costs top list in FF's supply talks concern in talks
Tackling extortionate mortgage interest rates charged by Irish banks will be a key demand from Fianna Fail during confidence and supply negotiations with Fine Gael, the Sunday...
Tackling extortionate mortgage interest rates charged by Irish banks will be a key demand from Fianna Fail during confidence and supply negotiations with Fine Gael, the Sunday...
Businessman Peter Casey has decided to remain a candidate in the presidential election after a week of controversy over his views on Traveller culture and ethnicity.
Fianna Fail’s public support has increased significantly as it prepares to enter into confidence and supply negotiations with Fine Gael next week.
President Michael D Higgins is still on course to win a second term in office, according to latest opinion poll.
Former Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald believes female Cabinet ministers have to be "over-assertive" for male colleagues to take notice.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar is set to meet with Fianna Fáil next week to discuss how they can “avoid an election at this crucial time”.
A Fine Gael general election candidate has called for Junior Minister Pat Breen to step down over his involvement in the national broadband scandal which led to Communication Minister Denis Naughten’s resignation.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asking him to agree to not bring down the Government while crucial Brexit negotiations are on going.
Stronger checks on borders and an EU-wide migration policy are key demands of Irish voters, according to a Government report on the future of Europe.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has insisted the Independent Alliance will run under the same banner in the next general election.
Self-employed workers will be entitled to weekly jobseeker payments if they become unemployed under a new policy decision to be announced in Tuesday's Budget.
Military police are investigating the discovery of a hole in the wall of a women's changing area at the country's Navy headquarters.
The Government will this week introduce an Election Budget which will benefit landlords, the self-employed and squeezed middle-income earners, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
At this point in Budget negotiations, it is all about claiming small victories before Paschal 'Prudent' Donohoe sets out the Government's spending plans for next year.
The granny flat grant will be announced in next week's Budget alongside a fully restored Christmas bonus and perks to help people pay for medicines.
Cabinet ministers have been warned to avoid unnecessary contact with their British counterparts over fears it will cause division among EU member states ahead of crucial Brexit negotiations, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
At one point during his meeting with Denis Naughten in Government Buildings last Thursday morning, the Taoiseach had to leave the room to take a phone call.
Galway West TD Noel Grealish has thrown Taoiseach Leo Varadkar a life line by committing his support to the Government during the upcoming crucial phase of Brexit negotiations.
Richard Bruton has been appointed Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment.
Former President Mary McAleese accuses Pope John Paul II of "highly offensive" misogyny in a sensational new book.
Measure including €4.4m for running Áras an Uachtaráin, €1m extra for the Taoiseach's staff, and €12m for abortion were not mentioned in the main Budget speech.
FINANCE Minister Paschal Donohoe announced the headline figures for his €1.5bn Budget in the Dail.
The expected hike in VAT rates for hotels, restaurants and tourism outlets was confirmed today by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe in his Budget speech.
Business Minister Heather Humphreys will announce a "significant" Brexit support package in today’s budget.
The day is here, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe unveils Budget 2019 and here's five ways it will affect your wallet.
The Christmas bonus will be fully restored for welfare recipients in this year’s Budget, Independent.ie can reveal.
Politicians should stop objecting to housing developments in their constituency, a Fine Gael minister has said.
A grant for an elderly person to convert their home into two separate housing units is now a key demand of Shane Ross's Independent Alliance as Budget talks intensify.
Major US tech firms would introduce paid apprenticeships for highly specialised jobs under plans being proposed by Fianna Fail.
A cabinet minister has urged banks to introduce reduced-rate interest on loans for people buying electric vehicles and investing in green energy home improvements.
Sinn Fein branches were instructed to keep in "strict custody a roll of its members" at the time it is alleged that Mairia Cahill's suspected abuser was suspended from the party.
A €350m Budget tax package will see small cuts to the Universal Social Charge (USC) and minor tweaking widening of tax bands for middle income earners, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Sports Minister Shane Ross is meeting Ryder Cup chiefs in Paris today about bringing the tournament back to Ireland, according to today's Sunday Independent.
Minister of State Catherine Byrne faces being sacked from Government if she does not support Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in a Dáil motion of confidence vote.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will sack Minister of State Catherine Byrne if she does not support Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in tomorrow’s motion of confidence.
Minister of State Catherine Byrne has told ministerial colleagues she is considering supporting or abstaining on a motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will use his appearance at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York today to canvass African leaders to support Ireland's bid for seat at the UN Security Council.
Mary Lou McDonald has failed to respond to an email from sex abuse victim Mairia Cahill, in which she rejected the Sinn Fein leader's apology.
Communications Minister Denis Naughten has asked the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to investigate allegations made by an alleged RTE whistleblower about the broadcaster's coverage of the 2011 Presidential Election campaign.
Long-promised regulation of short-term rental services such as Airbnb is being delayed by an internal government row.
On July 23, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should have sacked Minister of State at the Department of Health Catherine Byrne.
The threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit soared as British Prime Minister Theresa May angrily accused the EU of creating an "impasse" in negotiations.
The controversial Help-to-Buy scheme looks set to be extended for another year after Fianna Fáil dropped its opposition to the tax break for first-time buyers.
European Council President Donald Tusk has conceded British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposal is a “step in the right direction”.
Victims of child abuse or other serious crimes were unlikely to have received justice if their cases were investigated by the IRA, a retired RUC chief inspector told a Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland investigation.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe plans to slash income taxes for middle-income earners as part of an attempt to lure UK workers to Ireland after Brexit.
House-hunting couples who earn up to €90,000 a year may be able to avail of a new affordable housing scheme after the Budget.
Mary Lou McDonald is facing an intense political backlash over her response to a Police Ombudsman investigation which found RUC intelligence suggested a Sinn Féin member was suspended from the party as he was suspected of abusing children.
The Government is facing the threat of European countries demanding concessions on our tax regime in exchange for support in the Brexit Border battle.
Mairia Cahill has accused Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald of trying to "unpick" the Police Ombudsman report which found serious failings in the investigation into her alleged rape.
Owners of long-term vacant properties should be given tax incentives to sell their houses, according to a newly published Government report.
Fine Gael has been accused of ignoring farmers facing the challenges of Brexit as their wait for low-cost loans drags on.
Mary Lou McDonald said she does not know if the man accused of sexually abusing Mairia Cahill was a Sinn Fein member as the party’s “record keeping was not as it is now 20 years ago”.
A major row on class has erupted in the heart of government over plans to build thousands of social and affordable houses across the country.
Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath has hit back at his Fine Gael Government partners as the row about health overspending escalates.
Máiría Cahill has rejected an apology from Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, challenging her party to explain its handling of child sex abuse allegations.
The public's expectation of a 'giveaway' Budget has been dashed by a €600m black hole in spending by the Department of Health.
Mary Lou McDonald has “unreservedly apologised” to Mairia Cahill after a police ombudsman report found evidence suggesting the man accused of raping the former senator was suspended from Sinn Fein as it was suspected he was abusing children.
The new US Ambassador to Ireland may not be officially appointed until early in the new year, it has emerged.
Grieving families should get relief from dreaded death taxes and the inheritance threshold should be increased to €500,000, according to a draft report by a powerful Dáil committee.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are to clash over what Universal Social Charge (USC) and income tax changes to make in the Budget.
The North's policing watchdog has found former senator Máiría Cahill was "failed" by a "disjointed" investigation into allegations she was raped by a suspected IRA man.
The Cabinet will today approve the appointment of Edward F Crawford as US Ambassador to Ireland ending months of speculation over who will fill the role.
The Government's new land agency will seek to drive down the cost of development by buying up State-owned land and selling it on at competitive prices.
US President Donald Trump's visit to Ireland descended into chaos yesterday as senior government officials on opposite sides of the Atlantic clashed.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar branded the leaking of details of the Scally report into the CervicalCheck scandal as "disgusting", as if his Government has nothing to do with the controversy which has been branded appalling by victims.
Presidential hopefuls Joan Freeman and Sean Gallagher have secured four council nominations this evening.
A whistleblower claiming to be a senior and long-serving RTE employee has contacted 11 members of the Oireachtas with explosive new claims about the broadcaster’s coverage of the 2011 Presidential election.
Drew Harris was attending a harvest thanksgiving service in his local Presbyterian church when the phone rang in his family home. His wife Jane took the call.
Presidential hopeful Joan Freeman said a visit to Knock Shrine cured her of her painful eczema.
Role playing theatre games, creative writing with crayons and a workshop on how drama can be used in politics are all part of the schedule at the Fine Gael think-in.
DONALD Trump's announcement that he is going to visit to Ireland this year came "out of the blue", Taoiseach Leo Vardadkar has said.
Almost three out of four people saving for a mortgage believe the Central Bank's lending rules are unfair, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll.
Two Government ministers are planning to take part in public demonstrations against US President Donald Trump's State visit to Ireland in November, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
The Government will be forced into a Dail vote on providing financial support to rural post offices.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is coming under intense pressure from his Fine Gael colleagues to reduce the burden of inheritance tax on bereaved families in the forthcoming Budget.
The brother of murdered Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin has criticised journalist Gemma O'Doherty, saying she is abusing his sister's name.
Alan Kelly has hit back at party colleagues who criticised him for questioning Brendan Howlin's leadership, by telling them they should get out of their "comfort zones" and speak to ordinary members of the Labour Party.
A new State agency will target land owned by religious orders as part of Government plans to increase the country's housing supply.
Anyone who regularly crosses the M50 at the Red Cow roundabout as they are driving towards Dublin city centre will be aware of the John F Kennedy Industrial Estate. It's a sprawling maze of car retailers, warehouses and units housing businesses of various descriptions.
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has warned that the referendum asking to remove from the Constitution a reference to woman's place being in the home may not go ahead this year.
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has insisted he will not be stepping down as leader and accused Alan Kelly of “undermining” the party’s work.
Kevin Nolan is faced with a quandary. Since a teenager he has been obsessed with the arts - music, painting, film and literature. There are very few, if any, instruments he can't play. He is an accomplished artist. He is extremely well read and has been known to dabble in the odd stanza or two. In fact, he has published two books of poetry and released a full-length album, with...
A blood-red sunset burned in the distance as Enda Kenny took to his feet in the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting. Varadkar and Coveney could smell the blood from the swirling red and orange skyscape as they sat watching the Taoiseach speak. It was two days since Zappone's intervention and Kenny was there to seek forgiveness. But he wasn't going to get it. ''I know it's a difficult time for everyone here and I accept my responsibility,'' he said, before adding, ''I beg your indulgence.'' Behind the closed-doors meeting, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan tried to rally...
Minister for Older People Jim Daly has said he does not oppose the introduction of a grandparent grant - but insisted that the Independent Alliance must explain how the childminding allowance would be funded.
Senior officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of Public Works (OPW) will be called before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to answer questions on the funding that they provide to the Office of the President.
A Fianna Fail TD has said his party should not support the next budget if Fine Gael does not reverse plans to close more than 160 post offices.
Tanaiste Simon Coveney has severely criticised UK Tory Party Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg for suggesting people will be subjected to inspections on the Irish border similar to those carried out during the Troubles once Britain leaves the EU.
More than 30 soldiers stationed in a Donegal barracks applied for sick leave ahead of the Pope's visit to Ireland this weekend.
Alan Kelly has warned that the Labour Party is portraying an "absence of visible leadership" on economic issues affecting ordinary people.
More than 42,000 patients have been removed from HSE outpatient waiting lists after failing to respond to phone calls and letters seeking to confirm their appointment.
Private sector workers earning more than €20,000 a year will be automatically enrolled in the new scheme, which will see the Government contribute €1 for every €3 put into a State-run pension fund.
The Office of the President will cost the taxpayer far in excess of €55m for the seven years Michael D Higgins has been in office, according to new figures.
Even during his first elections, senior Fine Gael figures say Leo was anxious about how he would appear on posters. "He was extremely image conscious and worried about being viewed as fat and unhealthy," says one party figure.
A key supporter of Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis has been photographed using a bolt-cutter to remove a poster advertising a Fine Gael-organised event in relation to new bus routes.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has revealed he was under pressure to sack Health Minister Simon Harris after the Fine Gael leadership contest.
Speaking a to a psychiatrist on Skype or FaceTime after you have dialled 777 on your smartphone for emergency mental health services could become the new norm under a radical new Government initiative.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has revealed he was under pressure from his closest supporters to sack Minister for Health Simon Harris after the Fine Gael leadership contest.
THERE are lots of photographs of Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.
The Government is considering paying hospital doctors more money to work in public hospitals as part of its plan to end the two-tier health system.
President Michael D Higgins is refusing to comment on claims he stayed in a luxurious five-star hotel where the top suites can cost €3,000 a night.
Children's Minister Katherine Zappone is set to demand all crèches are exempt from costly commercial rates, sparking a fresh Budget battle for childcare cash.
The Budget proposals are coming thick and fast this year. Once upon a time, the official start of Budget negotiations was Willie O'Dea's summer demand for a €5 increase in the State pension. But this year Transport Minister Shane Ross made sure the Independent Alliance were first out of the traps.
A Fine Gael minister has called on Sinn Féin MPs to resign their seats in Westminster and support non-abstentionist candidates in the subsequent by-elections.
Almost one million people are on health service waiting lists, according to shocking new figures.
Northern Ireland women will be able to access abortion services in Ireland once new laws are introduced, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.
The Indian Independence Act was officially signed into law at the behest of British prime minister Clement Attlee on August 15, 1947. The legislation ended more than 250 years of British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent.
The true scale of the crisis facing the healthcare system is revealed in worrying new HSE figures which show there are at least 350 vital hospital consultant posts lying vacant.
PENSIONERS could be in line for another €5 increase in the State pension as Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea breaks ranks with his party to demand Fine Gael raises welfare payments in the Budget.
PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Gavin Duffy was paid €10,000 for public relations services he provided to former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Independent.ie can reveal.
A group of 16 Labour Party councillors have issued a statement in support of Brendan Howlin’s leadership
Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy only revealed details of his business relationship with a Fianna Fáil TD after he was questioned by the Irish Independent.
HUNDREDS of women at the centre of the cervical cancer scandal are facing an agonising wait to learn the outcome of an expert review of their smear results.
A fourth Labour Party councillor has called for Brendan Howlin to step down as leader.
A Fianna Fáil TD paid almost €10,000 for public relations advice from presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy's company.