The Finance Minister Michael Noonan has drawn another line between Fine Gael and Labour ahead of the election, by reaffirming his plan to abolish the Universal Social Charge (USC).
It’s show time again. The party machines have revved up. The soundbites have been polished off. The candidates are out on the road pressing the flesh, occasionally taking time out to gaze up admiringly at their images on their posters.
An artist left suicidal by the pressure of paying a mortgage and surviving on €58 a week says she followed the Taoiseach’s advice to upskill but is still left with nothing.