“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(...)

FF Cllr Joe Queenan – as secretly filmed by the RTE Investigations unit. Photograph: RTÉ

A Fianna Fáil councillor has resigned from the party after he was filmed offering to act as an intermediary for a company in return for an investment (...)

Export award short: Barry Cullen, head of sales, Silver Hill Duck

SUCCESS AT HOME AWARD COMPANY: CONNACHT GOLD BUTTER Connacht Gold has a multi-award winning range of butter products and has been shortlisted based on(...)

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Labour candidate Máiría Cahill, Fianna Fáil candidate Dr Keith Swanick and Independent Jerry Beades.

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Máiría Cahill, who is the Labour Party nominee for the seat left vacant b(...)

“It must be one of the oldest houses,” says Jonathan Irwin. We’re standing outside Griesebank House, painted a sunny yellow, a lovely foil for the (...)

Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has accussed the EPA of not “bringing to heel” industrial polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been accused in the Seanad of failing to act as a reliable pollution watchdog for the public. Ind(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell, who became an Independent member of the Seanad in its byelection last year, has twice applied to a  group of five Independent Senators but has twice been rebuffed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It seems the first ever group for Independent Senators is not open to all non-aligned Senators - but only those who meet its approval. Gerard Craughw(...)

Review of previous studies does not give us clear-cut answers in respect of many of the claimed negative health effects of fluoridation

The addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is an issue that arouses passionate opposition among a vocal minority and some befuddlement in the(...)

 Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly: “I believe that what we have here is as far as we can go, hand on heart.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he has gone as far as he can to guarantee there will be no privatisation of Irish Water.“I believe t(...)