Senator John Whelan: ongoing speculation unfair to staff and public

Labour Senator John Whelan has called on the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE to make a statement on the future of the Midland Regional Ho(...)

Models on a 1967 Nuffield tractor at Ratheniska, Co Laois. The 2014 National Ploughing Championships will be held there this month. Photograph: Alf Harvey

The mud has hardly dried on the boots that returned from the Electric Picnic but Stradbally is already bracing itself for a much bigger influx of visi(...)

Anna Marie McHugh, appointed general secretary last year of the World Ploughing Organisation, the first woman to hold this role

All eyes may have been on Kilkenny and Tipperary in Croke Park yesterday but Carlow and Wexford stole a march on them by coming first and third in th(...)

Alex White receiving the seal of office for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Who will be the next chair of the RTÉ board? The appointment will be one of the first tasks to fall to ex-RTÉ radio producer Alex White, the new Minis(...)

Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly  during his announcement that he will seek election as Labour Party deputy leader. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 2:20

Two new candidates have emerged as contenders for the Labour Party deputy leadership this lunchtime.Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean(...)

Independent Senator David Norris:  supported the call for a debate, and said Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien  “as a descendant of Brian Ború . . . should have declared an interest”.

A call has been made for “proper regulatory oversight” to be put in place for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which(...)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte: energy export plan could be reactivated under a new UK government

British coalition politics have been blamed for the scuppering of plans to export wind energy from Ireland to the UK. British prime mini(...)

Michael Healy-Rae kept shouting about Bobby Ewing. “It’s a Dallas moment” he shrieked. “Bizarre” said Michael. “Unprecedented.”

The Taoiseach came in for a lot of stick over his attitude to the Seanad yesterday. Outside of the Government parties, the general view in the Dáil is(...)

“The finance spokespeople in the Seanad, and others who have expertise in that area, should be included in any newly constituted committee to inquire into the banking fiasco,’’ said Senator Whelan.

A Government Senator has said it would be “absurd’’ to exclude Seanad representation from the banking inquiry.John Whelan (Lab) supported a call by Fi(...)

John Whelan pictured at the Irish Exporters Association  head office in Merrion Square in 2012. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

John Whelan, former chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), is to join AIB as the bank’s export sector specialist.Explaining the mov(...)