Garth Brooks in Croke Park, where he was due to play five concerts last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals issued by the Government this week will not prevent a fiasco like last year’s cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park recurr(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: “I want to see it [the National Concert Hall] developed  as a world-class venue that showcases the highest standard of musical excellence.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Pharmaceutical companies could have a philanthropic role in the work of the National Concert Hall, it has been suggested in the Dáil. Fianna Fáil ar(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: “we must take sides at different times, on different issues and in different conflicts”

Thirty-eight defence attaches are accredited to Ireland but just two are based in the State, according to Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. He told(...)

Kevin Joyce and Hugh Doherty were killed while serving on a UN mission in south Lebanon.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has received the report into the killing of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon 34 years ago. Former High Court judge Rod(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary. Mr Calleary criticised the Government position on minimum wage during a debate on the low pay commission bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Department of Finance submission to the commission on low pay has warned of “serious risks” in increasing the national minimum wage, the Dáil has he(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD during a protest outside Clerys on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Concerns have been raised in the Dáil that department store Arnotts could be sold in the same way as Clerys. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams made the cl(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said about 32,000 people would ‘transition’ out of the lone-parent payment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has no intention of reversing the planned cut to the lone-parent allowance next month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted. Despite sign(...)

Michael Noonan: Minister has said credit unions can apply to have their  restrictions reviewed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Credit unions unhappy with lending restrictions can apply for a review of their conditions, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. He defended (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) talks to Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister at an emergency meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has suggested his comments on Greece at a meeting of euro zone ministers on Monday were misrepresented. He told t(...)