Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, pictured with Mary Fogarty from the Cottage Cafe in Loughmore village, Co Tipperary, said he was keen to see new ideas for renewing villages and small towns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Groups interested in running the €250 million local development Leader programme in their areas have been invited to make an expression of interest.T(...)

The National Coursing Finals in Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, which was picketed by protesters and members of Animal Rights Action Network (Aran). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A small group of protesters yesterday picketed outside the venue for the final day of this year’s National Coursing Meeting. The picket was led by mem(...)

Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Eric Luke

A handy day to ease the Dáil back to irrelevance after a long layoff. But although the new season kicked off yesterday afternoon, it seems the tran(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath will introduce the Bill on regulation of scrap metal. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Dáil will tomorrow debate legislation to regulate the scrap metal industry in the wake of high profile robberies of metal from railway tracks, tel(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Mary Wilson, presenter of RTE’s ‘Drivetime’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

RTÉ should reject “aggressive” Danske Bank as the sponsors of Radio 1’s Drivetime show, independent TD Mattie McGrath insisted this week, citing the b(...)

Seanad chamber. Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton 
said that when government referendum campaigns were defeated in the past, there had been a discernible shift in polls from Yes to No in the months and weeks leading up the poll, with more dramatic shifts in the final weeks.

The director of Fine Gael’s referendum campaign to abolish the Seanad has said the trend of opinion polls has been markedly different this time round (...)

An anti-abortion protestor prays outside the Dail tonight as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are debated. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government has won the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 by 127 votes to 31.Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton voted agai(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on justice Niall Collins  pictured speaking to the media outside Leinster House today ahead of his no-confidence motion this evening. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have offered their support to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter ahead of this evening’s Dáil debate on(...)