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, CEO of the (...)

President of Macra na Feirme Seán Finan: “Education at a young age remains the key to tackling farm safety . . . It’s a very long-term thing, but it’s very important that we target schools.”

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has been urged to fund a farm-safety programme in schools following the worst year for farm deaths since 1991.N(...)

Incoming Macra na Feirme president Seán Finan has said: “We have witnessed the decimation of rural Ireland in recent years with the closure of post offices and garda stations.”

Rural Ireland has been decimated and the Government must invest in rural areas it if it wants people to live there, incoming Macra na Feirme president(...)

The byelection will fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner for Agriculture. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has moved the writ for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of former minister for the environmen(...)

Gerard Craughwell: “Taking the average payment made to councillors; to say we are treating local elected representatives in a shabby way is an understatement.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

City and county councillors are inadequately paid, said Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell. “Taking the average payment made to councillors; to say(...)

Senator John Whelan: said he was appalled to report to the House that families had been threatened by elements within the Department of Health and the HSE that meagre supports would be withdrawn if they countenanced legal action. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Labour Senator John Whelan has criticised the Government for its attitude to children suffering from narcolepsy.He told the Seanad that Minister for (...)

Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A senior Fine Gael TD has criticised the Government’s decision to hold a referendum on reducing the age for presidential candidates from 35 to 21, sa(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, pictured with Mary Fogarty from the Cottage Cafe in Loughmore village, Co Tipperary, said he was keen to see new ideas for renewing villages and small towns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Groups interested in running the €250 million local development Leader programme in their areas have been invited to make an expression of interest.T(...)

Up to 80 supporters from Galway handed in a petition yesterday as part of a new ‘Save Forum Connemara’ campaign. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government has inflicted another “blow to local democracy” through its reconfiguration of programme funding for social inclusion, a Connemara(...)