Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)

Former minister Mary Hanafin is thought to have the support of the majority of long-serving Fianna Fáil activists  in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The outcome of tonight’s selection convention to choose Fianna Fáil’s candidate for the Dún Laoghaire constituency could be much closer than has be(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates witho(...)

Protecting the recovery

Record low interest rates, a weak euro and low oil prices have hugely contributed to Ireland’s export-led economic recovery. All these developments ar(...)

Wind turbines at Monaincha wind farm in  Roscrea: The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), and it warned against pr(...)

A spokesman for actor Jennifer Lawrence said they would seek to prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos  of her. Photograph: Reuters

The apparent online hack that led to the posting of hundreds of explicit photos of some of Hollywood’s most famous female stars could have been as a r(...)

What makes a country competitive? For 25 years IMD, a Swiss business school, has been measuring global competitiveness, and ranking countries accordin(...)

The Irish economy is at a “turning point” in terms of cost competitiveness, the National Competiveness Council (NNC) has warned. In a rep(...)

Shipping containers. The new deal will give Global Ports  control over St Petersburg’s First Container Terminal and the Ust-Luga terminal near the Gulf of Finland

London-listed Global Ports has acquired Russia’s National Container Company in a $1.6 billion (€1.2bn) deal that brings together Russia’s two biggest (...)

Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas was performed on Sunday by Denmark’s Theatre of Voices with the National Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier (above). Photograph: Frank Miller

Can you name a composer who described his own music as “horrid”? We live in a world where classical music is often portrayed as relaxing, and in a cou(...)