Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has refused to confirm media reports that he intends to target Fine Gael second seats, in constituencies where Fin(...)

Unreliable forensic science was used to convict the Birmingham Six, in 1991 outside the Old Bailey in London after their convictions were quashed with then MP Chris Mullin (centre). Photograph: Joe St Leger

Dublin solicitor Kieran Conway who was interviewed last week by Irish and British police about his knowledge of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, beli(...)

Clamping fees, which have not been changed since 1998, should rise by €50 to €130 per vehicle with the prospect of doubling the amount for repeat offenders, said Liam Kielthy. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Clamp release fees in Dublin city should be increased by nearly half and repeat offenders should face punitive fines to force a change in behaviour, (...)

Clamping in the capital generated some €4.3m for the city council in 2015, with 54,068 vehicles, or 148 a day, compelled to pay €80 to have their vehicles released. Photograph: The Irish Times

Clamping in Dublin city brought in about €4.11 million for the city council in 2015, with 54,068 vehicles, or 148 a day, being forced to pay €80 to ha(...)

Describing it as “an industry in pain”,  Senator Denis Landy said there had been a serious decline in the numbers  attending events and Bord na gCon was “€20 million in debt”. Photograph: Gety Images

Greyhound racing, which has seen sharp falls in the number of people attending meetings, must counter its image for dishonesty, according to an Oireac(...)

Launching a new report on the Irish horse industry,  members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture  said the value of the thoroughbred industry was about €1.1 billion a year while the sport horse business was worth a further €700 million. File photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The horse sector - currently worth almost €2 billion a year to the economy - needs to be reorganised with new tax incentives for smaller breeders. Th(...)

Councillors will get a final vote on whether to include the ban on super-sized cruise ships when the development plan is adopted, expected to be in February. Photograph: The Irish Times

A move by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors to limit the size of cruise ships allowed to berth in Dún Laoghaire harbour – effectively banning “supers(...)

Former Wicklow Co Council principal officer Frank O’Toole leaving court this afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A former Wicklow town clerk found guilty of corruption has been given an 18 month suspended sentence and fined € 10,000 at Wicklow Circuit Court. Fr(...)

Gardaí carry out checkpoints outside Ardclough GAA Club over the weekend as part of an appeal to motorists for information in relation to the murder of Kenneth O’Brien. Photograph: Collins

Four locations across two canals are being searched by gardaí investigating the murder of Kenneth O’Brien, following the discovery of body parts at S(...)

Mr O’Toole was convicted last December of furnishing a letter to Patrick O’Toole, a Wicklow town-based solicitor and property developer, asserting that development levies of €64,840 had been paid, when this was not the case.

Sentencing in the case of a former Wicklow town clerk found guilty of corruption has been adjourned at Wicklow Circuit Court after counsel claimed a c(...)