Independent TD Tom Fleming:  said  increase in pupil-teacher ratios in rural schools was exacerbated by Government policy.  Photograph: Don McMonagle

One-teacher schools are not in the best interests of pupils, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil. He said the issue was exacerbated by rural depopulati(...)

More than 3 million litres of fuel have been seized since 2011 and 31 fuel laundering operations or “oil laundries” have been detected and closed down. Photograph: Getty

A total of 137 petrol stations have been closed for breaches of licensing conditions, including fuel laundering, since 2011.In that time more than 3 m(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar: “The late taking of specimens is not scientifically valuable.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has confirmed that motorists involved in hit-and-run incidents will face harsher criminal sanction.Prison sentence(...)

Money could be invested in projects that would pay dividends for employment in the future.

There are always options at budget time, even when you are part of a financial bailout programme that has policy strings attached. The big question at(...)