Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton: said the EU had yet to publish its proposals. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Measures to protect investors in the proposed EU-US trade accord are unlikely to override the Republic’s own courts and legal system, Minister for E(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age. 2:14

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

John Perry TD: Stepped down as minister of State for small business in July of last year in a Government reshuffle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD John Perry is one of dozens of TDs who have appointed relations to positions during the lifetime of this Dáil. Mr Perry appointed his wif(...)

Ardnakinna lighthouse on Bere Island, Co Cork: a report published more than a year ago on boosting island and coastal communities has been “gathering dust”. Photograph: Commissioners of Irish Lights

A report published more than a year ago on boosting island and coastal communities has been “gathering dust”, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agr(...)

Willie Penrose, Labour TD: “I’m scared of everybody heading for the hills and expanding like nobody’s business. You could have a confluence of factors coming that would actually eat up farmers’ incomes and leave them with virtually nothing.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians have questioned bank assurances that dairy farmers are well-positioned to deal with volatile prices when the milk quota ends on March 1st.(...)

Our virtual Tesco shop of the same 30 items costs €132.64 in the Republic and €112.02 in the North, a difference of more than 20 per cent. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this summer, the Guardian asked families in seven cities, including Dublin, to do a comparable grocery shop and send in their receipts. Dub(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath  said it was time to get away from the mentality, which seemed to be part of the Government’s view, that some people on welfare were scroungers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent TD Finian McGrath asked if there were TDs with property interests discriminating against people relying on rent supplement. He said(...)

The Government’s Emergency Coordination Committee’s press briefing  on February 13th at the National Emergency Coordination Centre regarding the recent storms. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

An €8.8 million Government fund for repairs to piers and harbours hit by storms is intended for infrastructure in public ownership, an Oireacht(...)