Ireland’s 136 identified bathing waters now have to meet standards almost twice as strict as those which previously applied. Three-quarters of Irish bathing waters qualified for the new classification of “excellent’’ quality. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

A total of 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters are meeting stricter new EU standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.“Overall, the(...)

Brian Cowen: ‘Of course, mistakes were made.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Brian Cowen has strongly backed the leadership of Micheál Martin.“Mr Martin will lead us into the next general(...)

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers.

Labour TD Arthur Spring criticised the attitude of State agencies to the employment conditions of some workers. He had heard the heads of agencies ref(...)

Senator Marie Moloney  pointed out the woman’s financial circumstances were the same before and after having the card. Photograph: Eric Luke

Labour Senator Marie Moloney highlighted the case of a woman suffering from multiple illnesses who had her medical card withdrawn. She told the(...)

Minister Leo Varadkar said additional money was being provided for community beds, under the fair deal scheme, to free hospitals of the current level of delayed discharges.

Hospital managers and chief financial officers were told by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to “get to grips’’ with administration in the coming mont(...)

A Galway second-level student, with dyslexia and a language exemption, is prevented from sitting six subjects in the Leaving Certificate, Independen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Banks had a moral duty to pass on lower interest rates from which they benefited, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.“It is not fair, just or equitab(...)

Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin said demand for visas “indicates the level of demand from young people to go to countries where wages are higher and opportunities plentiful and where there is decency and fairness”.

The 3,850 Canadian visas available last night were taken up within 12 minutes by Irish people wishing to emigrate, Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy told(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone will raise changes to the One-Parent Family Payment in the Seanad.    File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Changes to the One-Parent Family Payment (OPFP) are to be raised in the Seanad on Wednesday by Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone said (...)

Mary Hanafin and Micheal Martin  at unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mary Hanafin is now expected to be the only former senior Fianna Fail minister outside the Dail seeking a party nomination to contest the next general(...)