Comharchumann Forbartha Árann said that while the co-op was “delighted that the service is continuing”, it needed “clarification on a contract and on equality of ticket price”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Aran Island residents who were facing the loss of the sole ferry link to Inis Mór from next week have been told the service is to continue. The Depar(...)

Pictured in the control room of Shell’s gas refinery at Bellanaboy in north Mayo  are control room operator Tom Bond, Minister of State  Joe McHugh and Shell E&P Ireland managing director Ronan Deasy. Photograph: Stuart Conway.

Amid tight security, Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh opened the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo yesterday. Mr McHugh unveiled a pla(...)

Colm and Gabielle Henry live at Glengad, Co Mayo. Their home overlooks Sruwaddacon Bay and  the pipeline’s landfall. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

The €3.5 billion Corrib gas development is due to be opened by Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh on Monday, almost 20 years after the(...)

Fine Gael is expected to add Paddy Harte jnr to its ticket in Donegal this weekend.

Paddy Harte jnr is expected to be announced as a Fine Gael general election candidate in Donegal in the coming days. There has been much speculation (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s party has moved to comply with gender rules. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has agreed to add four female candidates to its general election ticket to ensure it meets gender quotas. Ennis-based councillor Mary Howar(...)

Edward Ledesma with a magnificent salmon of 4.26kg (9.4lb) on fly from the Hut Pool on the lower Blackwater, in May

Hundreds of millions of young eels carried over 3,500 miles every year on Atlantic currents to Europe then flown 5,400 miles further on to China, are(...)

Island Ferries objects to collecting the passenger dues, levied by Galway County Council to pay for operational costs of the €50 million harbour extension on Inis Mór. Photograph: The Irish Times

Aran islanders have called on Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe McHugh to ensure a guaranteed year-round ferry service to Inis Mór. The Gov(...)

Tourists arriving back on the mainland after a ferry trip to Inis Mór. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe McHugh has urged the “various stakeholders” to find a solution to the threatened cut in the sole winter fe(...)

“Bees by their nature do not respect, regard or identify with borders. They do not fly over large expanses of water either, which is an advantage in our case”

Labour Senator John Whelan has called for the development of apiculture to create jobs. He said it was astounding that Ireland, renowned for its agri(...)

“We have to give responsibility to the EPA,” said Fine Gael Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh

Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh has defended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in examining the hyrdraulic fracturing proce(...)