Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett faces the prospect of a motion of no confidence moved by Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett is expected to speak to Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin by telephone this evening in an effort to resolve his row with (...)

BPA,  a chemical   found in a range of plastic products, has been found to pose no health risk to consumers of any age.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has welcomed a finding that the chemical Bisphenol A poses no health risk to consumers of any age. The com(...)

Members of Grange Gymnastics with Dr James Reilly at the Irish Childhood Bereavement Conference at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dealing with childhood bereavement is vital, but it hasn’t been given the sort of attention it deserves, Minister for Children James Reilly has said.D(...)

The temporary appointment of a Fine Gael member to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art has escalated into a major political embarrassment for the Government and for Taoiseach Enda Kenny whose leadership was described as ‘disgusting’ by one of his own backbench TDs. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

The temporary appointment of a Fine Gael member to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art has escalated into a major political embarrassment for (...)

 President Michael D Higgins with “Bud and Michael” during the Horse Ploughing Competition at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships was described as “the most beloved rendezvous in Ireland’s rural calendar” when President Michael D Higgins opene(...)

Fine Gael’s Brendan Weld topped the poll in Co Kildare with 1,701 votes. File photograph: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

The Kildare count ended at 3.10am today with the election of three candidates from the Celbridge-Leixlip area. At 2.30am, Fine Gael’s Joe Neville took(...)

Texaco art winner Shania Mc Donagh left from Claremorris, Co Mayo with her winning portrait at the  Hugh Lane Gallery . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times 1:01

Shania McDonagh (16) became one of the most successful artists in the 60-year history of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition when she was cho(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

Abandoned: the unfinished Coill Na Giuise housing estate at Ballytegan, Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Coill na Giúise is the archetypal ghost estate, from the locked gates to the remnants of the billboard that once advertised the development outside Go(...)