‘If you are discouraging people from calling 999 in the case of a genuine emergency, that is appalling policy that is inevitably geared towards putting human lives at risk,” said Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost half of the €9.3 million owed to local authority fire services by Irish homes and businesses last year was not paid, figures reveal. Accordin(...)

The scene of the incident near Athy, Co Kildare, where four young women were killed on Tuesday night after the car they were travelling in collided with a van. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The thinning out of adequate Garda resources on Irish roads has played a role in the increase in traffic collisions, an AA Ireland spokesman has said.(...)

A protest march against water charges on O’Connell Street, Dublin. The year started off badly for Irish Water and got worse. Photograph: Eric Luke

JANUARY Irish Water’s chief executive, John Tierney, appeared before the Oireachtas environment committee and said his utility would spend (...)

  Under the hood: flat batteries accounted for 22 per cent of  breakdown call-outs in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Putting the wrong type of fuel in a car at petrol stations is still a common mistake among drivers, with men twice as likely as women to make that mi(...)

The National Car Testing Service has said the “website is no indication of the available slots”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

All National Car Test (NCT) appointments can be organised within two weeks if motorists inquire through the right means, the organisation has confirme(...)

Consumers are unlikely to benefit substantially from global drops in crude oil prices. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The cost of fuel on Irish forecourts is unlikely to fall significantly in the run up to Christmas although prices for crude oil on international marke(...)

The cost of owning and running an average-priced home bought at the height of the bubble in 2007 is €22,012 a year

Recent home buyers are more than €6,000 a year better off than those who bought in the boom, according to a new survey. The cost of owning and runni(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

Micheal Cody (left) and Jamie Dunleavy, both from Carrick-on-Suir, at the hurling semi-final between Cork and Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tipperary and Kilkenny hurling fans are making contingency plans to get to Croke Park for the All-Ireland Hurling Final amid fears of a “complete n(...)

AA Ireland has carried out a major refurbishment of its headquarters on South William Street in Dublin

AA Ireland, the insurance giant, has carried out a major refurbishment of its headquarters on South William Street in Dublin and made a long-term comm(...)