Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

Alan Kelly: A spokesman for the department said Mr Kelly was incensed that Fr Scully House remained largely empty. Photograph: The Irish Times

A €17 million senior citizens complex built last year in Dublin’s north inner city remains largely empty due to an on-going dispute between Dublin Cit(...)

In politics, predictions made when there is no short-term prospect of a change of leader can become moot by the time that change occurs. In the(...)

More milk and water

The Government’s climate change legislation is as milk-and-watery as any of its backbench TDs could have hoped for: it has pushed the prospect of nece(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly answered questions in the Dáil on new social housing builds. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fewer than a third of the 7,400 new social housing units promised this year in the Government’s social housing strategy will be provided by public bo(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: faced significant internal Fine Gael criticism since his contentious remarks. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has rebuked Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney for his suggestion that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could sha(...)

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 was published on Monday afternoon by the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three years behind schedule, after a myriad of consultations and drafts, the Government has finally published the State’s first climate change Bill to(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald and Joan Burton: the Sinn Féin deputy leader told the Tánaiste the the additional €210 million for social housing in budget 2015 !will not cover the cost” of the planned new homes. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste Joan Burton was challenged to say if the Government’s target of 5,384 new social housing units would be met this year, during sharp Dáil exch(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: “There is a clear need to have an independent overview of local government structures in Cork.” Photograph: The Irish Times

A five-person committee has been given nine months to report to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly on proposals to extend the Cork city boundary (...)

Labour deputy leader and Minister for the Environment has been appointed to head the party’s next general election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has nominated Labour deputy leader and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly as the party’s director of elections and chair of its (...)