Chief executive of the Food Safety Authority Dr Pamela Byrne said she was disappointed at the lack of vigilance by some owners in ensuring their businesses were fit for purpose and fully compliant with food safety legislation. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ten food businesses were ordered to close in August for breaches of food safety laws, including two restaurants in Swords, Co Dublin, and premises in (...)

EU ambassador to the US David O’Sullivan: was speaking at an event in Dublin about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership  currently being negotiated. Photograph: Sara Freund

There will be no “watering down” of standards on consumer, health, labour or environmental protection under a proposed new trade agreement between the(...)

The Links Creche, Abington, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Dublin crèche that was charged with breaking childcare laws following allegations made in an RTÉ television investigation has been fined €1,000. Th(...)

The IFA and Teagasc have begun a trial  to increase  acreage given over to baby potatoes. Photograph: Thinkstock

The acreage devoted by Irish farmers to potatoes has hit a 20-year low this year and yields are likely to be down by some 15 to 20 per cent, the Irish(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan was ‘troubled’ by the idea that the recordings might be destroyed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Attorney General, Máire Whelan, considered legislation to “deal with” the thousands of hours of telephone calls to Garda stations that had been r(...)

The Fennelly Commission said then secretary-general of the Department of Justice Brian  Purcell’s evidence was that he was asked to convey to former Garda commissioner Martin  Callinan the gravity with which the Taoiseach viewed the matter of the Garda telephone recording systems, and to ask him to consider the situation. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There was “sharp” controversy between the five attendees at a meeting the night before the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan on (...)

Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the RSA: project is being piloted around the country. Photograph: Sara Freund

New technology to detect drivers of commercial vehicles and cars who may be in breach of the law is being piloted by the Road Safety Authority. Info(...)

Some 28 per cent of people from non-white ethnic backgrounds reported discrimination. Photograph: Thinkstock

People from non-white ethnic backgrounds were more than twice as likely to report that they had felt discriminated against than people from white ethn(...)

Niamh Randall, national spokesperson for the Simon Communities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Urgent action is needed to tackle rent prices in the private sector to alleviate the worsening problem of homelessness, a national charity said. Publi(...)

Closures: 140 Garda stations were closed nationwide in 2012-13. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The death of 62-year-old John O’Donoghue, who suffered a heart attack after discovering intruders at his home in Doon, Co Limerick, has reignited the (...)