Irish Water cleans up

The alacrity with which the Government moved to defuse the issue of charging for water in “boil notice areas” reflected the sensitivity of the issue i(...)

Kate Brett, Aoileann O’Shea and Joseph Brett enjoy themselves at the bandstand in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, during yesterday’s People’s Climate Picnic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A picnic and a coastal clean-up were among the events organised in Ireland as part of the global day of climate action.More than 600 people attended (...)

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is lit up with a message announcing a global mobilisation over climate change – the People’s Climate march, a demonstration to raise awareness about climate change, was held yesterday around the world, in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit tomorrow. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares

The last time so many world leaders gathered to talk about climate change, it was an unmitigated debacle: the 2009 Copenhagen summit – intended to (...)

Swiss Guards at the Vatican. An Extraordinary Synod of Bishops begins in Rome on October 5th.

Traditionalists in Rome’s College of Cardinals have decided to get their revenge in first, so to speak, prior to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops wh(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin with   Labour Leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton   at the Labour Party pre-autumn parliamentary meeting in Whites Hotel Wexford . Howlin has already given his cabinet colleagues a bit of a dressing down for making spending demands that far exceed the available resources. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

The staggering scale of the economic turnaround revealed by the latest growth figures could be a lifeline for the beleaguered Coalition but the recove(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “If applicants co-operate with the process, some will have decisions in weeks and the rest within six months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A decision on refugee status for asylum seekers could be reduced to weeks under legislation due to be enacted next spring, Minister for Justice France(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘We must invest in the future and continue to be competitive and attractive as a location for investment with a real opportunity to create further jobs.’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is committed to cutting the top tax rate of 52 per cent in this year’s budget and subsequent budgets. Mr Kenny said t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘We want a construction sector can match up to the demands of a modern country.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed confidence the Irish construction sector will soon get back to building 20,000-plus housing units per annum.However(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan this morning described as “electrifying” the Scottish referendum campaign, which had taken  the British establishment by surprise. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

So, from official Ireland’s perspective, the United Kingdom appears “the same only different” today. Uncertainty over the extent of the additional dev(...)

The chief counting officer for the Scotish referendum Mary Pitcaithly poses for photographs after announcing the final results of the Scottish vote for independence, in Edinburgh, Scotland today. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the decisive result in the Scottish referendum and said pledges by Westminister for greater devolution to Scotland w(...)