‘The Minster failed to mention the incinerator in his speech, but if we are to believe everything he said regarding waste policy, then it is never going to happen,’ said Green party leader Eamon Ryan, Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

This week at the Environment Ireland Conference new Minister for Environment Alan Kelly got tough on badly-behaved bin collection companies. In his fi(...)

Minister for Communications Alex  White says he will implement the €550m plan outlined by Mr Rabbitte earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Alex White has identified increasing fast broadband to rural Ireland as his first and immediate priority in his new offic(...)

People protesting against the Poolbeg incinerator in 2010. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Dublin city councillors last night overwhelmingly voted to reject a report that recommends proceeding with the Poolbeg incinerator and condemned as “a(...)

 Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty: disagreed with  pro-choice view that women in Ireland did not have determination over their own bodies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty has backed her party colleague Olivia Mitchell’s view that the eighth constitutional amendment should be put to a referen(...)

Joanne O’Donnell with Sam (4) and Ben Wallace (13) at home in Killaloe, Co Clare. Photograph: Brian Arthur/ Press 22

‘Would you go back?” It’s the definitive question in post-holiday conversations. To answer “no” suggests your holiday was far from perfect – although,(...)

Eoin Morton, from Swords, at the annual Dublin lunchtime city cycle. 1:25

If you are going to showcase cycling in Dublin city, what better day to do it than the hottest day of the year. Temperatures of 26 degrees, a cloudle(...)

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte said the new exploration licences would increase State take. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

New fiscal terms for oil and gas exploration and production in Irish waters will increase the maximum “State take” from 40 per cent to 55 per cent and(...)

England and  Italy  in action on Saturday. World Cup matches are protected under free-to-air legislation. Photograph: EPA/Mast Irham

MARK HILLIARD The Government is to undertake a review of sporting events protected as designated free- to-air programming for public consumption. The (...)

Some of the election posters that remain up in Dublin this morning. Clockwise from top left, Nessa Childers, Eamon Ryan, Deirdre Kingston and Lola Hynes.  Photographs: Kitty Holland

Almost all political parties, and some Independents, still had election posters up across parts of Dublin city this morning, despite the passing of a (...)

Brian Hayes of Fine Gael at the RDS count yesterday morning. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Anybody who doubts the capacity of politics to surprise should have gone to the RDS in the early hours of this morning. What looked like a relatively (...)