Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was confident Irish Water would pass the so-called market test when the European Commission examined the new structure unveiled by the Government this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection is considering hiring more staff to administer the new €100 water conservation grant announced as part of the rev(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, has announced households made up of two adults or more will have to pay €160 a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Another Q&A about Irish Water? Seriously? Have we not been here before? Yes, yes we have. This is the fifth water-based Q&A we’ve done in j(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

 Lynne Cantwell (right) and Nora Stapleton during the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Players on the Irish Women’s rugby team believed that people considered their 2013 Grand Slam win and particularly their win over the English team was(...)

The Life in the Womb app features striking three-dimensional (3D) images that detail the week-by-week development of the baby.

A pregnancy app developed in Ireland has been nominated as Best (...)

Grand Budapest Hotel 2:25

A few critics have, from time to time, accused Wes Anderson of “contrivance”. What now? All fictions are contrived. Unlike real life, stories tend (...)

John Grant: he combines the “emotional turbulence of a 14-year-old’s diary entries with the gnarled wisdom of a Nick Cave or a Leonard Cohen”
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John Grant Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***** On a cold night, there was warmth aplenty in a packed Olympia as the crowd joined in on John Gr(...)

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs (as the song goes), but in fact the opposite – the anti-love song – is desperatel(...)

Colin Fennelly of Kilkenny (left) scored 2-2 in Leinster’s facile victory over Ulster in their interprovincial hurling championship semi-final in Trim. Photograph: : Dara Mac Dónaill/
The Irish Times

LEINSTER 8-18 ULSTER 1-21There was little semblance of a contest at Trim yesterday when Leinster, as expected, outscored Ulster. Once again goals pro(...)

Garda Superintendent Seán Ward of Store Street station and Dublin City Business Improvement District chief executive, Richard Guiney leaving court yesterday after giving evidence

TOM TUITEThe anti-social behaviour problem on Dublin’s O’Connell Street is “out of control” while a “fear factor” is damaging business and putting peo(...)