Martin Ferris: The Horse Racing Ireland Bill  will give more control to the executive and dilute the power of industry bodies whose representatives are elected to the board by members, he said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Powerful on-course bookmakers could now get a seat on the board of Horse Racing Ireland, the governing body of the industry in Ireland, which sends ou(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív, who represents Galway West, said the issues raised affected the white or demersal fishing and not the pelagic fishing sector mackerel and herring, which is the prevalent industry on the Galway coast. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

TDs representing coastal communities have condemned any exploitation of foreign workers on white fish trawlers. Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said anyone(...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

A farmer at work in the US. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has heard that genetically modified (GM) technologies, such as those used in the US,  are  an important tool to help feed the world. File photograph: Getty Images

Genetically modified (GM) technologies are not a panacea for all of our ills, but they are certainly an important tool to help feed the world, the Jo(...)

County council chairman John Brassil is based in the north of the constituency, while Norma Moriarty is based in the south. Photograph: David Sleator

Fianna Fáil is expected to add a second candidate to contest the new Kerry five- seat constituency, following the selection of county council chairman(...)

John O’Donoghue: his decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election clears the way for the  party to run two candidates. Photograph: David Sleator

Former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election has cleared the way for the party(...)

Gerry Adams, following the presidential address at last year’s Sinn Féin ardfheis, with (from left) Mary Lou McDonald, Liadh Ní Riada, Martina Anderson, Martin McGuinness,and Lynn Boylan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has received more than €5 million in State funding and private donations since 2011 but also strengthens its operation through TDs and Senat(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae: a “committed and passionate public servant”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cross-party tributes have been paid to former Kerry South Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83.Mr Healy-Rae, who died in Kerry Genera(...)

The Citywest hotel complex in Dublin is to be sold as a going concern by the receiver for about €29 million to Brehon Capital Partners. Photograph: Frank Miller

The bank-appointed receiver to the sprawling Citywest hotel complex has reached an agreement to sell it as a going concern for about €29 million to B(...)

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza: the recently opened live music venue and hotel concept is a possibility for the Citywest convention centre

The epic saga that is the receivership of the Citywest complex in west Dublin has had more twists than a bag of snakes. Here is another: Hard Rock, th(...)