Minister of State Joe McHugh said patients should not have to attend hospital unnecessarily, with all the added stresses and possible complications that could be involved.

  There was a need for the health service to reduce the number of people admitted to hospital, particularly from nursing homes, Fine Gael’(...)

Peter Casey hopes to win Fine Gael Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh’s seat.

Dragons Den entrepreneur Peter Casey has confirmed he will contest the upcoming General Election in Donegal as an Independent candidate.Mr Casey, from(...)

´The Lisheen zinc and lead mine in Thurles, Co Tipperary. The Irish mining industry is centred around zinc production. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has the most attractive corporate taxation regime in the world for mining, according to a detailed survey of the industry by a respected Cana(...)

Brendan Smith: ‘When we go on a journey along the Border, we may at times be on our own networks of 3 or Vodafone but suddenly a British network can be used, leaving us with exorbitant charges for transacting business and making or receiving call.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A scathing attack has been launched on EU ministers for communication for a “blatant disregard for consumers” while instead “protecting the profits o(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: she  repeated her call in the Dáil that every primary school in the State should be a Gaelscoil or all-Irish school for its first two or three years to increase the number of Irish speakers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny should have “more understanding” for people who do not have his knowledge of the Irish language, the Dáil has heard. Independent(...)

A good smattering of TDs joined Gabrielle (Gab) McFadden to shooting the breeze in Irish in the Dáil this week.

The Dáil visitors’ bar was doing a roaring trade on Wednesday morning. And no, it wasn’t TDs and Senators gasping for a hair of the dog ahead of the(...)

Dragons Den entrepreneur Peter Casey who said on Tuesday that he intends to contest the upcoming General Election as an Independent candidate.

Dragons Den entrepreneur Peter Casey intends to contest the upcoming General Election as an Independent candidate. Mr Casey, from Derry, set up a busi(...)

12 anti-water charge protesters are demonstrating outside the constituency offices of Joe McHugh TD in Letterkenny. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

A group of protesters began a 24 hour anti-water charge protest today outside a Government minister’s office in Donegal. Approximately 12 members of t(...)

Mary Heanue, Inis Turk; John Walsh, Bere Island; Simon Murray, Inis Boffin; Aisling Moran, Sherkin Island and Mairtin O’ Mealóid, Cape Clear met to discuss a move by two government departments to temporarily avert funding cuts for development offices. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

English-speaking island communities say they are “not one bit happy” with a move by two government departments to temporarily avert funding cuts for d(...)

Independent Donegal county councillor Micheál Mac Giolla Easbuig said junior minister Joe McHugh needed to show the people of Donegal where he stands on the issue of water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Anti-water charge protestors are to hold a marathon 24-hour protest outside a Government minister’s office in Donegal later this week.Members of Can’t(...)