Simon Coveney:  ‘It’s purely my view that retailers should not be selling food for half nothing in an effort to drum up business.’ Photograph: Oliviet Hoslet/EPA

The new Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has warned the Department of Agriculture against asking supermarkets not to engage in Christma(...)

Eamon Ó Cuiv: said he wanted the Minister to assure him the funding would continue after March

Inter-departmental discussions are under way on the funding of development companies in the non-Gaeltacht islands, Minister for the Environment Alan(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív wrote to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald about the prison visit incident. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The leaking of information about prisoners’ private affairs by prison officers is illegal and “will not be tolerated”, Minister for Justice Frances F(...)

 An attendee holds the order of service which features a portrait of the late Ian Paisley as guests arrive for thehis  memorial service at the Ulster Hall  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:19

More than 800 people attended a memorial service for the late DUP leader and first minister Ian Paisley in the Ulster Hall in Belfast this afternoon.D(...)

Simon Coveney: hopes farmers will “de-risk their farmyards”. Photograph: Collins Photos.

The Government is to provide €12 million for a farm-safety scheme as part of efforts to reduce the number of accidents.Some 23 people, including five (...)

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil must carve out a distinctive identity and give people a reason to vote for the party or it risks becoming the “next SDLP”, a byelection po(...)

Newly elected TD Michael Fitzmaurice pictured with Sinn Féin candidate, Martin Kenny. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Success came swiftly on Triple Crown Saturday but, in the time-honoured style of political coronations, Michael Fitzmaurice waited until the last minu(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has defended his decision to appoint three people without any seagoing experience to the Marine Casualty Investiga(...)

Crowds at the Ploughing: A new plan to tackle the theft of farm machinery was announced  at the National Ploughing Championships.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A new plan to tackle the theft of farm machinery was announced by interim Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and the Irish Farmers’ Association at (...)

Marty Walsh has dual US and Irish citizenship and grew up in a household in Boston where Irish was spoken. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times 2:26

A beaming Marty Walsh declared “Tá mé go maith” at Shannon airport this morning as he was given a rapturous welcome on his first visit to Ireland as m(...)