“No one watching Mark Coughlan’s report on Prime Time last Thursday night could have had a scintilla of confidence in the so-called EPA,’’ Labour Senator John  Whelan has said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour Senator John Whelan has described the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “a lazy, limp and lame lapdog’’. “Instead, it should be a watch(...)

An employee views the Port of Shanghai from an office window:  services exports from Ireland exceeded goods to China last year. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Irish exporters trading with Russia may be counting the cost of sanctions, while those hoping for a reopening of some African markets may have seen th(...)

“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(...)

John Whelan with a picture of his sister Sharon and her two children Zarah and Nadia who were murdered by Brian Hennessy on Christmas morning 2008. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Life for the Whelan family fractured irreparably on Christmas Day, 2008. As the people in Windgap, Co Kilkenny woke to a cold December morning, news (...)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, and Minister of State Ann Phelan at a post-budget press conference in Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A review of the way the State Claims Agency handles catastrophic injury claims is to be completed within six months, according to the Department of Fi(...)

Minister of State Simon Harris, speaking before the budget speech, said the €39 million for school meals in 2015 provided food services to some 1,700 schools and organisations and benefitted more than 217,500 children. File photograph: Getty Images

A call has been made for an “open and transparent tendering process” for the school meals programme, which is receiving an additional €3 million in th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the launch of local authority plans for the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua Ireland,  during the party’s first think-in in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

When you have to endure them every September, you realise the term “political party think-in” does violence to the English language. Once upon a time(...)

The Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, before the balcony collapse which killed five Irish J-1 students and one Irish-American student. Photograph: Google Maps

Where did the water come from? That’s the question. It is six weeks since the balcony collapse at an apartment block in Berkeley that killed fi(...)

Michele Neylon, director of Blacknight: “Because of the lack of rules, some companies just did what they wanted.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

People with websites for their company, blog, forum or organisation may soon face restrictions on their ability to keep their personal names, addre(...)