Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The three prominent Independent TDs who came together to form the Social Democrats in July 2015 are offering what they characterise as a “relatively (...)

File photograph of ESB workers. File photograph: ESB

The ESB said that a large fault in its network is affecting areas in Co Wicklow. The board said that the Rathnew and Ballybeg areas are experiencing(...)

Plan seeks to increase the number of IDA investments in the region by 30-40 per cent up to 2019

The Government has announced details of a jobs strategy it says will create 25,000 new posts in the mid-east region. The proposal aims to deliver 10-(...)

Jim Casey of the OPW said all its gauges across the Shannon recorded a drop in water levels of up to 7cm over the last 48 hours, but emphasised the situation remains severe in areas such as Athlone (above, January 5th), where the Shannon remains 2cm above its 2009 peak. Photograph: Irish Air Corps Athlone

River levels continue to fall across much of the country, but Wednesday night’s heavy rain brought fresh flooding to houses in Co Wicklow. Parts of (...)

Bridie Mooney (86) in her Greystones shop with her grandson Tadhg (11) and daughter Aine. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Bridie Mooney stands outside her sweet shop in Greystones, smiles and gives a little V for victory sign. And well she might. At 86 years of age and (...)

There were six fires at waste facilities last year and the EPA received almost €40,000 in fines and costs from three waste operators which were brought before the courts after they had breached regulations. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

Poor storage and management of waste at handling facilities is causing an “unacceptable” fire risk, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (...)

The SMS system for Wicklow will provide details of weather-related or other  events which may cause disruption, such as emergency roadworks, problems with local water supplies and notices regarding the quality of bathing water. File photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Wicklow County Council has introduced a new text alert system to forewarn people of floods and extreme weather events expected in their area. The SMS(...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. The number(...)

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(...)

Rónán MacLochlainn’s coffin leaves Massey Brothers Funeral Home in Finglas Village,Dublin on May 6th, 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A detective garda has described a “ridiculous” situation involving an obviously pregnant, armed member of the Garda National Surveillance Unit (NSU) r(...)