Keeping up the pressure: a water meter in Dublin. The Government’s proposed payment compliance measures include deducting water bills from wages. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People registered with Irish Water will also have to register with the Department of Social Protection if they want to receive a water conservation gr(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Minister brought the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Cabinet has approved a Bill that will compel schools to publish admission policies and ban requests for deposits to secure places. The Education ((...)

One-fifth of schools in the State are oversubscribed, with Gaelcholáistí, in particular, having an oversubscription rate of about 30 per cent. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Cabinet has approved a Bill that will compel schools to publish their admission policies and ban requests for deposits to secure places.The Education (...)

Senator Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Sean Haughey and Maureen Haughey, daughter of Sean Lemass at the unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

A little like the Irish language, most discussion on Fianna Fáil these days tends to be the existential question about its survival prospects. The par(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will bring the Bill to the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is expected to approve a Bill today that will compel schools to publish their admission policies and will also ban the seeking of de(...)

Proposals by Minister for Communications Alex White to designate the Six Nations rugby championship free-to-air on TV will be resisted by Fine Gael Ministers, according to party sources.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Proposals by Minister for Communications Alex White to designate the Six Nations rugby championship free-to-air on TV will be resisted by Fine Gael Mi(...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy:  “I am satisfied that, absent any specific statutory provision relieving Bank of Scotland [the new owner] from the mandatory obligation of becoming registered as owner of a charge in respect of which it wishes to exercise any of the powers conferred . . . it must become registered as the owner of the relevant charge on the relevant folio, if it wishes to exercise the statutory powers conferred.”

Comments by a Supreme Court judge on a matter of law could have implications for many hundreds of distressed mortgages loaned by the former Bank of Sc(...)

Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, was critical of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the position he has taken on Greece. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

A Green Party plan to create 10 new regional banks around the country is being examined for feasibility by the Department of Finance. The plan to crea(...)

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan addresses the Green Party conference in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

In 2011, the two parties that had been in coalition for the previous three and a half years took a huge hiding. It was a disaster for Fianna Fáil. But(...)

The future of British politics?: Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has his eye on David Cameron’s job. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Enoch Powell was wrong to say that all political careers end in failure. But for a leader to leave politics with his or her reputation relatively inta(...)