A cruiser on the Erne. Work is expected to start on the waterway linking the Erne and the Shannon in April.

Lorna SigginsMarine CorrespondentWaterways Ireland has welcomed Government approval for restoration of the first stretch of the Ulster Canal.Minister (...)

Green giant: University College Cork

Belated congratulations to UCC for coming runner-up for the second successive year in the GreenMetric, the league table of environmentally friendly(...)

 Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: Conceded that the Government never directly asked for debt write-down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

Late on Friday night the Greeks came bearing gifts for Fine Gael. And for once there was little need to beware. For several years now, critics of the (...)

Elle Woods from Loughrey during the 2014 Easter Rising anniversary commemorations.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There should be a “shameless celebration” of the Easter Rising centenary whatever government is in power in 2016, the Fine Gael national conference ha(...)

Kevin Kilbane visited Leinster House this week in the company of Mayo TD Michael Ring. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

So Enda came out on Thursday night and named the day for the same-sex marriage referendum. It’s May 22nd.And he was the toast of Longford as a result,(...)

Showcase: the Iceland Airwaves festival, where acts have included Goat (above), has boosted the country’s music industry and lengthened its tourism season. Photograph: Matthew Eisman/Getty

The Irish music industry flexed its muscles and showed us the money this week. The industry contributes more than €470 million to the economy and supp(...)

Seán Conlan: his former secretarial assistant Cathy Shevlin took an unfair dismissal case against him, and it was heard over three days in October and December last year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A Fine Gael TD has been ordered to pay his former secretary €25,000 after an Employment Appeals Tribunal found against him. Mr Conlan’s former secre(...)

Cavalry soldiers reenacting the  American civil war Battle of 2nd Manassas at Cedar Creek Battlefield in Virginia: historians have called on the Goverment to remember the ‘forgotten Irish’ who fought in the war. Photograph: Thinkstock

A group of historians have called on the Government to mark the 150th anniversary of the ending of the American civil war, in which thousands of Ir(...)

Heather Humphreys: says more than 3,200 turf-cutters have applied for compensation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government looks set to renew its efforts to comply with European laws that prohibit turf-cutting on 53 raised bogs in the State.Minister for Art(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is expected to update Government on Garda reforms at this morning’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is expected to update Government on Garda reforms at this morning’s Cabinet meeting.Ms Fitzgerald is due to br(...)