The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. A renewed Seanad presents a golden opportunity to have some senators representing different diaspora communities around the world. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

While Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin are still practising for musical chairs, a drama is being played out elsewhere which could well be called “the for(...)

Trevor O’Shea, one of the new breed of investors at the vanguard of the bristling Dublin pub scene, was up at 5am on Wednesday sending emails to a hea(...)

Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson won the GP14 UK National Championships.

A rare Irish victory at the GP14 UK Nationals has been achieved by Wicklow dinghy duo Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson for only the second time in 5(...)

The Green Dragon 70ft racing boat: its construction at a cost of €4.7 million was funded by a group of businesspeople gathered by Enda  O’Coineen. Photograph: Alan Betson

The maxi yacht Green Dragon, which circumnavigated the globe for Ireland and China in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, has left its home port of Gal(...)

Youth development: a concept graphic of the  proposed all-island tall ship. © Dykstra Naval Architects and Damen

Plans for an all-island tall ship to replace Asgard II have been unveiled by a cross-Border trust which has been working on the project for the past(...)

The Asgard II, which sunk off the French coast in 2008. Photograph: Coiste an Asgard/PA Wire

The Atlantic Youth Trust is seeking to raise €16 million for a new Irish sail training ship. It would replace the Republic’s Asgard II, which was lost(...)

An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the proposed expansion of Galway Harbour has finished its sixth day. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Galway Harbour’s proposed expansion is contrary to State policy and will “undermine” Shannon-Foynes Port, the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing has heard.(...)

Bus Éireann receives about €160 million a year to cover the costs of transporting students to and from schools around the Republic.

Bus Éireann faces the possible loss of the €160 million-a-year schools transport contract following a European Commission ruling yesterday.The commiss(...)

Enda O’Coineen:  has invested in the new enterprise

Grid Finance, a new peer-to-peer finance company, launched yesterday targeting Irish small and medium sized enterprises, charities and community group(...)

Charity event for Haiti: (from left) Aldagh McDonogh, director of Soul of Haiti, entrepreneur Enda O’Coineen, Michael Cullen of Beacon Medical and Eamon Crosbie, yachting enthusiast

Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington was among the members of the sailing set who turned up on Wednesday at a charity event in the Royal Irish Yacht Cl(...)