Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Spokesmen for 1st Independent Mayo, based in the Taoiseach’s political base, has said the campaign aims to promote community-based politics across the State. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigners for a new type of community-based political representation in Mayo say their template could apply to any constituency across the State.The(...)

Bus Éireann has cited  commercial obligations as a pretext for considering cuts to some services. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bus Éireann has agreed to temporarily suspend plans to cut part of its Dublin to Cork Expressway service following a public meeting in opposition to t(...)

Bus Éireann chief executive Martin Nolan said if the Government wanted smaller towns and villages on commercial routes to be serviced, it would have to pay a subsidy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Planned cuts to some of Bus Éireann’s rural routes have been condemned by farm groups and organisations of rural and older people. The national bus se(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone: said the three-day rule regarding part-time work simply did not correspond to the reality of people’s lives. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The three-day rule covering availability for work with regard to the Jobseeker’s Allowance was criticised in the Seanad by Independent Katherine Zapp(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for rural affairs, Ann Phelan, said she was exiting her house when she “tipped a tyre off a lorry”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

A Government minister has been fined €100 for driving her car without insurance. Carlow-Kilkenny Labour deputy Ann Phelan, who is a Minister of State (...)

It has been estimated there will be 300,000 extra milking cows on farms here within five years. Photograph: The Irish Times

Could 2015 be the year rural Ireland begins to bounce back? Traffic on the M50 surpasses pre-recession levels, but rural towns are still waiting for g(...)

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks: Mountains are part of a pilot scheme that shows way forward for an effective shared community management of landscape. Photograph: Nathan Kingerlee/Outdoors Ireland

Management of Ireland’s mountain landscapes will benefit more from community partnerships involving farmers and hill-walkers than from “top-down” l(...)

Anti-water charge marchers on the streets of  O’Connell St, Dublin  when  thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the new  charge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Senior figures in the Coalition yesterday called for a major recasting of Irish Water by setting up a Government committee to re-examine the entire(...)

Fergus O’Dowd: former junior minister says Irish Water must bring in a voluntary redundancy package for about 1,000 of its 4,000-plus workforce to cut its costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bills for water charges should be “put on hold” until a Government committee takes a proper look at Irish Water and brings forward a comprehensive so(...)

Border counties: PSNI officers, gardaí and the investigative units of the Departments of Agriculture in both jurisdictions are to investigate the recent spate of cattle rustling. Photograph: Trevor McBride

A cross-Border group of gardaí, PSNI officers and the investigative units of the Departments of Agriculture in both jurisdictions has been establishe(...)