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The presidential age referendum looks set to be defeated, according to Minister of State for Social Protection Kevin Humphreys. Voters were asked if t(...)

Chairman Justice Alan Mahon has ruled all documents other than specified “relevant material” be returned to the person who provided them or their lawyers. Photograph: The Irish Times

The secrets of the long-running planning tribunal are set to die with it rather than being pored over in the National Archives by future generations o(...)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly said public service pay restoration talks are not a way of opening an ATM machine for State employees. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Public service pay restoration talks are not a way of opening an ATM machine for State employees, the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said(...)

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, and his wife, Madam Cheng, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm Gortbrack, Co Mayo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have signed two new memoranda of understanding during a visit by a high-level Chinese delegation i(...)

The chairman of a specially-appointed local government review group in Cork has said there is “almost universal” agreement among stakeholders to create a Metropolitan Cork with a population of around 250,000

The chairman of a specially-appointed local government review group in Cork has said there is “almost universal” agreement among stakeholders to cr(...)

Ross Munnelly, who with the Kingston brothers makes up a dependable inside forward line for Laois, who take on Carlow in the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

While there is every possibility that this will turn into the usual turkey shoot – Laois’s average winning margin over Carlow this century is a shade(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has announced an effective removal of the veto wielded by the banks over any proposed insolvency arrangements as part of its new pac(...)

The latest data from the property website daft.ie, published this week, found rents in Dublin’s commuter counties had increased by 14% since last year. Photograph: PA

The Government should acquire buy-to-let properties in mortgage arrears and use them for social housing, according to the National Economic and Social(...)

‘They have even suggested that there should be a “Minister’s list” for “practically trained architects, whereby they could be facilitated to continue in their work, subject to defined criteria” – in other words, covering people who have no professional qualifications.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly wants to make it even easier for people to build houses in the countryside by loosening the current requiremen(...)

What will happen if you can’t afford to pay water charges? “An attachment order could be made to your wages or social welfare payments. To take money from people on social welfare would be very controversial, not to mention unfair.” File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish Water and its bills are in the news again?Yes. This time the story is about how a utility that does not have the power to cut anyone off can mak(...)