A standalone water utility now exists and will most likely continue to exist, but it might get a new name. File photograph: Getty Images

How are the government formation talks going? Not so well. Water is a big stumbling block, despite reports that Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Fine Gae(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan  at the count centre in the RDS after his election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has been elected to the Dáil in Dublin Bay South, joining deputy leader Catherine Martin from Dublin Rathdown, to secure(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)

Green Party leader Eamonn Ryan with Cllr Ossian Smyth, both candidates in the general election, in Ringsend today at the launch of the Green’s housing policy. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The latest addition to a crowded political catwalk burst on the scene yesterday during a moody location shoot on a piece of derelict ground close to (...)

Irish Water logo. A Fianna Fáil Senator has  claimed that Irish Water was a Fine Gael idea.

Irish Water was a Fine Gael idea and Fianna Fáil never made any decisions about creating a water utility while in government, the opposition party has(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of his party’s election advertising campaign which has been described as a negative effort. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Negative campaigning is not a new phenomenon in Irish politics. Three decades ago Fianna Fáil launched a billboard campaign against the ruling coalit(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly is to publish the report this week. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A lack of transparency, poor record-keeping and some irregularities in the planning process were evident in a number of county councils, a report for(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly who said he plans to publish  a report into planning practises in six local authorities, commissioned more than two years ago. Photograph: The Irish Times

A report on planning practises in six local authorities, commissioned more than two years ago, will be published next week, Minister for the Environme(...)

The two lots for sale at The Park in Carrickmines: Savills says this is one of the few Dublin locations with room for more retail warehousing, along with a supermarket and cinema and leisure facilities

A large parcel of land designated for the third and final phase of the highly successful shopping and business facility known as The Park in Carrickm(...)

Minister of Environment Alan Kelly: “While we won’t meet the 2020 targets we are in a trajectory or a line that is going in the right direction.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has said it is no secret that Ireland is not going to meet the EU greenhouse emissions targets for 2020. Mr Kelly (...)