Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan at the launch of Be Winter Ready.

The State is more prepared for the risks, difficulties and challenges that come with the winter months now than it has ever been, said Minister for De(...)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, and Minister of State Ann Phelan at a post-budget press conference in Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A review of the way the State Claims Agency handles catastrophic injury claims is to be completed within six months, according to the Department of Fi(...)

Mattie McGrath: ‘Food at Leinster House has improved and there’s a lot more variety.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

INDEPENDENT TD MATTIE MCGRATH What would be a typical day of food at Leinster House for you? I’d start with a bowl of fruit in the morning (...)

Conor Newman: “Community organisations need a lifeline of support to achieve the transformation that is within their power”

Volunteers are keeping our rural towns and villages alive, according to Conor Newman, chairman of the Heritage Council. “In the slow or nonexistent re(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

Prof Orla Hardiman said the health system was now completely demoralised. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The health system is now “utterly demoralised and completely broken”, Ireland’s first professor of neurology has said. Prof Orla Hardiman told (...)

Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has accussed the EPA of not “bringing to heel” industrial polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been accused in the Seanad of failing to act as a reliable pollution watchdog for the public. Ind(...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: said the Department of the Environment had not yet released any of the funding pledged

Dublin City Council is offering sleeping bags to homeless people instead of emergency accommodation, the Dáil has heard.Sinn Féin social protection s(...)

 Munster rugby player Denis Hurley with  NCBI shop manager Teresa O’Brien at the opening of the charity’s new shop in Cork.

The majority of registered charities have not yet engaged with the charity regulator, according to its chief executive. Úna Ní Dhubhghaill, chi(...)