John and Mary Geoghegan on their land overlooking the Owenriff River and Lough Graffard.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) experts and consultants have expressed “major concerns” about a Connemara roadway scheme that was given Bor(...)

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

That Enda Kenny is a marvellous chap altogether. Oh, no he isn’t. Somebody should make him Taoiseach. Oh, yes he is. (Already the Taoiseach). Well his(...)

Erin (8) and Eve Kirby (7) dancing in Dublins last year to highlight the St. Patrick’s festival. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Public funding of almost €2 million has been allocated for major festivals next year, including €1 million for the St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin. Fá(...)

 Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring: said  grant allocations  were made  on a pro-rata basis with “no hidden agenda”. “If I picked the clubs I would be accused of being parochial.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has insisted there is “no hidden agenda” in the allocation by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) of S(...)

Croke Park: under the deal reached last month, the 82,000-capacity stadium would be used for at least both semi-finals and the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup if the bid was successful. Photograph: Inpho/Cahill Noonan.

The GAA has struck a funding deal to upgrade as many as six of its stadiums to be included in Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid. The outline agreeme(...)

Judges said Kinsale had a ‘cosmopolitan feel’ that encourages visitors to get out and explore. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Westport and Kinsale have been crowned 2014 National Large Tourism Town and National Small Tourism Town respectively.The popular Mayo town and Cork fi(...)

A budget of just under €600 million has been allocated for the maintenance and improvement of national, regional and local roads. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe is “confident” that his department’s budget allocation will be enough to tackle Irish Rail’s cash problems.The (...)

Newly elected TD Michael Fitzmaurice pictured with Sinn Féin candidate, Martin Kenny. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Success came swiftly on Triple Crown Saturday but, in the time-honoured style of political coronations, Michael Fitzmaurice waited until the last minu(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin insists he will lead the party into the next general election, despite an Independent candidate from outside the (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says he has voted in the Seanad byelection but not for Fine Gael candidate John McNulty.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has confirmed he has voted in the Seanad byelection, but not for Fine Gael candidate John McNulty - who (...)