IFA president Eddie Downey is facing calls for his resignation over the controversial salary package paid to former secretary general Pat Smith. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Eddie Downey has come under pressure to explain his role in the current pay controversy surround(...)

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One insider described it as a “code of omerta” across the entire upper echelon of the organisation. Another said the controversy was merely a smokescr(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith (left) with the organisation’s president Eddie Downey. The IFA voted against releasing details of Mr Smith’s pay earlier this month. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has come under renewed pressure to reveal the salaries of its top brass, amid reports its general secretary, Pat (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív, who represents Galway West, said the issues raised affected the white or demersal fishing and not the pelagic fishing sector mackerel and herring, which is the prevalent industry on the Galway coast. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

TDs representing coastal communities have condemned any exploitation of foreign workers on white fish trawlers. Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said anyone(...)

In the Intreo office the officer reckoned they aim to ultimately include everyone in the State, and agreed it is an ID card in all but name.

Are we getting identity cards by the back door, and with barely a whimper about it? I didn’t even give it a second thought. I got all my bits t(...)

Language talks: The 20-year Language Strategy committee was discussed a recent report by linguist Conchúr Ó Giollagáin which said that Irish may no longer be the daily language of any Gaeltacht area by 2025. Illustration: Thinkstock

The time for reports and talking is over and action is now required to prevent the spectre of Irish dying as a living language, an Oireachtas committ(...)

Éamon O Cuiv: “S’é mo bharúil nach mairfidh an Ghaeltacht gan an Ghaeilge a bheith aitheanta mar theanga naisiunta.”

Gníomhartha atá ag teastáil anois ní caint ná tuairiscí chun todhchaí na Gaeilge a shealbhú, a dúirt iriseoir agus ionadaí pobail le fochoiste Oireach(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

Eamon Ó Cuív: In July 2010 the island was officially handed over to Cork County Council on behalf of the Department of Justice by then minister for social protection. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Work is under way on a €5 million redevelopment of Spike Island off the coast of Cork. In July 2010 the island was officially handed over to Cork Co(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has accused Sinn Féin of running a parallel programme of commemorations for Easter Rising 2016.

Éamon Ó Cuív has accused Sinn Féin of attempting to run a parallel programme to the State programme of commemorations for Easter Rising 2016. Sinn (...)