More than 66,000 parents travelling with their children have crossed the southwest US border in 11 months up to 31 August

US officials fight release of migrants on bonds

19 Sep The US government has had a policy shift on the provision of bonds for illegal immigrants without criminal records who prove that they have a "credible fear" of returning to their homeland.

The MABS clients had an average disposable income of €8.75 a week

MABS fears charges will wipe out disposable income

18 Sep A survey by the Money Advice and Budgeting Service of its new clients last year has found they had an average disposable income of a little less than €9 a week before anything had been paid to their unsecured creditors.

Irish Water says people will not receive their allowances unless they provide their PPS numbers

Decision on water discounts expected soon

18 Sep Irish Water has said it expects the regulator to take a definite decision on the discounts that will be applied to households on boil water notices before the end of this month.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonansaid he is not in a position to encourage Jean-Claude Trichet to attend the inquiry

Banking inquiry group needs to get 'ducks in row'

17 Sep Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said there should be enough time to conduct the banking inquiry before the next General Election if the group carrying out the inquiry gets its ducks in a row.

Beef farmers have been protesting at retail units and restaurants over falling prices

CSO figures show further fall in farm incomes

16 Sep Agricultural incomes, which have been under considerable pressure since last autumn, fell further in July according to the latest official figures from the Central Statistics Office.

The State can now repay the loans early and replace them with much cheaper loans

Ecofin agree to early repayment of IMF loans

13 Sep Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan has said that his European Union counterparts have given their political consent to Ireland repaying up to €18bn in loans to the IMF early.

Michael Noonan is pushing the case for the Government's plan in Europe this week

EU Commissioner 'supportive' of Irish debt plan

08 Sep The EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs has indicated his support for Ireland's plan to repay part of its bailout loan early, according to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

Ibec said tax cuts of €400m are possible in next month's Budget

Ibec calls for tax cuts of €400m

08 Sep Employers' group Ibec has said the economy is improving and is urging the Government to cut taxes in the Budget to ease the pressure on households.