Minister: Everybody will be USC-free by 2021

The Minister for Finance has said that workers will be free of USC in five years' time.

Michael Noonan said that the next phase in reducing the USC would be 2017 and the last stage of the USC reductions would follow in yearly budgets.

He added that the last people to be "taken out of the USC net" would be in 2021.

Mr Noonan, speaking on RTÉ's News At One, said that everybody will gain from the USC commitment, but "we'll claw back some of the benefit" by reducing the benefits to the very highly paid.

Dermot Ahern tells FF: 'Rule nothing out'

Former Fianna Fáil Justice Minister Dermot Ahern is effectively urging the party to rule nothing out ahead of the General Election.

Mr Ahern, along with Irish Times correspondent Fiach Kelly, was speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke.

Nothing is certain in this election - Lucinda Creighton

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has insisted that the most recent Irish Times poll understates her party's election chances and said their "flat tax" plan is "very simple" and can work..

In the first of our leader interviews, Ms Creighton was speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke.

Leading parties in lively debate on RTÉ

It's day one of the official Election 2016 campaign and, so far, the economy, health and who could form the next government have been the talking points.

RTÉ's Morning Ireland hosted a debate among representatives from the four largest parties: Brian Hayes, Director of Elections for Fine Gael; Billy Kelleher, Director of Elections for Fianna Fáil; Matt Carthy, who holds a similar position with Sinn Féin and the Labour Party's Alex White. 

Listen to the lively debate in full, here...

Independents 'campaigning on enthusiasm'

"We're up for the fight, and we're getting on grand" - that was the message from Independent candidates as they set off on the campaign trail ahead of the General Election.

RTÉ's Justin McCarthy reports for Morning Ireland.

Poll 'puts cat among pigeons'

On the first official day of Campaign 2016, the Irish Times has published its latest poll which underlines just how far any party is from victory at the moment.

Their Political Correspondent Harry McGee spoke to RTÉ's Morning Ireland about the poll's findings.

Water rates still a 'real live issue'

After months of a phoney war, the starting gun has been fired on the General Election campaign. Now it's time for people to gather their thoughts and chose their preferred candidates.

RTÉ Western Correspondent Pat McGrath spoke to some voters in Galway.

Fine Gael fired up

Support for Fine Gael dropped by 2% on day two of the General Election campaign. While at a Fine Gael economic policy document launch today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this will "fire up the Fine Gael organisation around the country".