Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan on dispute with teachers’ unions: “I’ve put a very significant amount on the table and nothing has come back from the other side.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has refused to offer further concessions to teachers’ unions who are planning to stage one-day strikes in protes(...)

Hot water: Irish Water chief executive John Tierney, accompanied by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, talks to journalists at Ringsend waste-water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s the day after Halloween, but the horrors are just beginning for Government Ministers seeking to rally public support for Irish Water. Such is (...)

Jim O’Brien at work in his Tipperary workshop on hurleys that will be used by some of the Tipperary players in the All-Ireland final. Photo: Bryan O’Brien 4:53

“Have you got those two 35s?”Mark Dowling is almost furtive in the way he asks his father Brian to pass out the two freshly-fashioned hurleys that are(...)

Capital Radio DJ Colm Hayes before the station went on air in July 1989. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The first song played on independent radio in Ireland was Phil Lynott’s Old Town. I know, I was there, on the roof of St Stephen’s Green shopping c(...)

News At One’s anchor Áine Lawlor has to deal with dropped connections, dead air and discombobulated contributors Frantic activity: on the News at One, Áine Lawlor has to deal with dropped connections, dead air and discombobulated contributors

As one might expect when a potentially seismic political crisis breaks, an atmosphere of chaos and confusion prevails, as beleaguered public fi(...)

Minister with responsibility for primary health care Alex White has said: “The commitment in the programme for government to achieve free GP access for the entire population within the term of office of this Government will be achieved.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Parents will be able to access free GP care for their children aged under five “sometime in the middle of next year”, the Minister with responsibility(...)