Jean-Claude Juncker: “For too long, energy has been exempt from the fundamental freedoms of our union.”

A new EU strategy on energy has proposed more electricity interconnections between countries, more focus on renewable energy and a tougher negotiatin(...)

Fianna Fáil councillor Jack Chambers has argued that the application by nine delegates to move back into Dublin West comes “at the eleventh hour” and goes against the party’s principles of one-member one-vote. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photograpy

An internal row has blown up between the two leading contenders to be the Fianna Fáil candidate in Dublin West for the general election. Ahead (...)

 Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: Conceded that the Government never directly asked for debt write-down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

Late on Friday night the Greeks came bearing gifts for Fine Gael. And for once there was little need to beware. For several years now, critics of the (...)

Ireland needs to diversify its fuel sources and not depend on coal-fired power stations such as Moneypoint. Photograph: Neil Warner for ESB

It is eight years since the publication of the last White Paper on Energy. Since then, there has been a major acceleration of renewable energy. Capaci(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He will emphasise a number of areas where he says things are being done well. “Medicine prices are falling for patients and taxpayers due to greater competition and tough negotiations. Our ambulance services are improving.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar will today announce that the “cycle of cuts” in the health service is now over and that Irish medical professionals (...)

Séamus Ó Tuathail SC: said that as a result of the use of the plural, “fir” and “mná”, it could be that the amendment would explicitly permit marriage between men, and marriage between women, but not marriage between individuals of the opposite sex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The practice of drafting constitutional amendments in English and then translating them into Irish should be reviewed, a leading authority has said.(...)

Besides worries about climate change and security of supply, Ireland faces a capacity issue. Photograph: Eirgrid

A nuclear reactor is unlikely ever to dominate the landscape of Carnsore, Co Wexford. In Co Leitrim not a single rock has been fracked – and none migh(...)

Damien O’Neill of Greenwood Park in Coolock was sent   to prison for 56 days. Photograph: Collins Courts

Two of the five water protesters have been committed to prison for 56 days, with the remaining three for 28 days. The punishment for contempt i(...)

A rally in support of the jailed protesters will be held in Dublin today, Friday, and is expected to draw thousands of people. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 0:57

The jailing of five water protesters for defying a court order has been portrayed as a “political act” by a leading figure in the anti-water charge(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed the date of the same-sex marriage referendum is Friday May 22nd: he said he hoped it would be passed and an image sent out of a “tolerant and inclusive Ireland”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has emphatically ruled out any coalition with either Fianna Fáil or Sinn Féin after next year’s general election. He also confirm(...)