Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government has announced details of a regional jobs strategy that it says will generate 25,000 extra jobs. The West Action Plan for Jobs aims to d(...)

Knock Airport said on Monday that tFlbe  will launch both services next March and fly to both Birmingham and Edinburgh six times a week.

Regional airline Flybe will launch year-round services between Knock Airport in Co Mayo and Birmingham and Edinburgh from next year. Knock said on Mon(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is confident Fine Gael can achieve the “Herculean task” of winning three out of four seats in his home constituency o(...)

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(...)

The Taoiseach is trying to end speculation that a general election is imminent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has sought to defuse speculation that a general election is imminent amid a spate of rumours it will take place in November. (...)

In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael think-in in Adare, Co Limerick, where the party hoped to break the Curse of the Challenge of the Upturn. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With a general election just around the corner, best feet were belting forward at all the think-ins. The main parties will be pleased to have survi(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly and Mayo’s Lee Keegan shake hands after the semi-final replay: Keegan was named Opel GAA/GPA Footballer of the Month for August. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The latest advocate of improved respect for referees is somewhat unexpected. Lee Keegan has tangled with authority over the past 12 months. A year ago(...)

 Dublin GAA fans queue down Belvedere Road  as they wait to  to purchase tickets at the GAA ticket office on Dorset Street for this Saturday’s eagerly-awaited All-Ireland football semi-final replay. Photograph: Maxpix.

Dublin and Mayo fans face a fraught week ahead, with ticket demand for next Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay already outstripping that of t(...)

Niall Hanley: his most recent venture is a beer garden with 366 beers on tap and 144 of them are from North Carolina

When Niall Hanley left Claremorris, Co Mayo, for Boston 20 years ago, setting a Guinness World Record was the last thing on his mind. Armed with a de(...)