Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

Swiss pharma giant Roche is closing its only Irish manufacturing plant with the loss of 240 jobs. The closure of the company’s Clarecastle facility in(...)

Dorothy Keane  who says that  noise from turbines has forced her to leave her home in Skrine, Co Roscommon, with her husband Michael. Photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

A community group representing rural Ireland intends to unseat three Government Ministers at the next election as part of a new campaign against wind (...)

Two men have died following separate incidents in Clare over the last two days

Two men have died following separate incidents in Co Clare over the last two days. A man in his 50s died on Friday evening after the bucket of a dump(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)

Michael McNamara: expected to rejoin the Labour Party. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare TD Michael McNamara is set to return to the Labour fold after losing the party whip in May. Mr McNamara was the only Coalition deputy to (...)

Tipperary players celebrate beating Waterford to win the 2015 Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

After Tipperary’s thumping win over Munster champions Cork on this weekend last year a friend texted that the outcome was “yet further proof of the ir(...)

‘A large and frightening sea monster seen by several people off the coast of Kilkee, Ireland’. Image from The Days’ Doings, 1871. Photograph: Mary Evans Picture Library in London

An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent - Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster - has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impress(...)

The recent mapping at of all General Register Office births between 1864 and 1913 (see brought us a massive in(...)

Cork’s Mark Ellis in action against Waterford’s Jamie Barron in the Munster hurling semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been a long two years for both of these counties since they contested the memorable All-Ireland final and replay of 2013. Cork flared last sum(...)