The 143m MV Margiris  was expelled from Australian waters under pressure from environmental and fishing industry groups. Photograph: Air Corps Maritime Patrol Sqdn.

The Irish Wildlife Trust appealed to Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney to seek to have an independent observer placed on board the Dutch-owned (...)

Responsibility for the issue of migrant exploitation in the fishing industry falls to a number of Government and State bodies, including the Departments of the Marine, Justice and Jobs as well as the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and the Naval Service. File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Minister for Marine Simon Coveney has promised weekly meetings to resolve issues relating to illegal use and possible exploitation of crew in the Iris(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan at the launch of Be Winter Ready.

The State is more prepared for the risks, difficulties and challenges that come with the winter months now than it has ever been, said Minister for De(...)

The Charitable Aid Foundation said more people around the world are giving to charity, with about 1.4 billion people donating money in 2014, or 31.5 per cent of adults, up from 28.3 per cent in 2013. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland remains one of the top 10 most generous countries in the world but has dropped seven percentage points since last year, according to a new (...)

TV presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin (right) and rugby player  Tiernan O’Halloran have a go on the Galway bikes upon their launch in November 2014. File photograph: Andrew Downes

Users of the Galway bikes scheme make less than one journey a month on average - making the scheme notably the least busy of such services available i(...)

Autumn scenes in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The October just past was the driest in five years with above average temperatures recorded across the country, according to data from Met Éireann. T(...)

Lazy hazy autumn day: enjoying the light and colour the Phoenix Park , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An air temperature of 20.1 degrees, recorded in Dooks, Co Kerry, on Sunday was the highest ever recorded in Ireland for the month of November. Tempera(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: his department  wrote to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council earlier this year questioning its policy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council could be on course for a clash with Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly after councillors voted in favour of(...)

 Essex Quay in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Residents and business owners from the west end of Temple Bar will hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss what they say is the increasing level of anti-(...)

Garda close to the scene in Omeath, Co Louth, where garda Tony Golden was shot and killed while responding to a domestic complaint. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said questions need to be answered over how the killer of garda Tony Golden was able to keep a handgun at(...)