Westport House in Co Mayo. File photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus.

The Heritage Council has confirmed that any sale of Westport House before 2017 would require repayment of €2 million in State grants for maintaining t(...)

Westport House, Co Mayo. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring has said negotiations between the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) and Mayo County Council on the fu(...)

Minister of State Michael Ring has signed off on €9 million in back payments in relation to agricultural land sold for road projects. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fine Gael Minister of State Michael Ring has signed off on €9 million in back payments in relation to agricultural land sold for road projects. The (...)

Michelle Mulherin  TD:    she is seen as facing an uphill struggle in Co Mayo, which is dropping from a five-seater to a four-seater for this election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is planning to provide extra resources for candidates it believes are capturing public support ahead of the general election. Party strateg(...)

Minister for State Michael Ring: said the increased activity in the past four years meant tourism had been a major contributor to job creation. Photograph: Sportsfile

Tourism is now worth about €5 billion annually to the economy, Minister of State Michael Ring told the Dáil. “The figures for 2015 look very promisi(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: He  will  launch the plan  in Dublin  alongside Minister for Sport Paschal Donohoe and their Ministers of State. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

All adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week, according to the Government’s national physical activity plan, to b(...)

Could it happen in here? In Britain, Tory MP John Bercow (right) has been regularly re-elected as House of Commons speaker thanks to opposition support. Photograph: PA Wire

As the phoney election campaign continued along predictable lines this week, with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael trading predictable blows, Enda Kenny did (...)

Wexford Opera House. The city’s opera festival is to receive €110,000

Fáilte Ireland will provide more than €1.8 million to fund 23 “key” events and festivals throughout the country this year as part of the Government’s (...)

Rescue workers pass sandbags through the windows of flooded houses in the Bruach Na hAbhainn estate in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

A post-Storm Desmond clean- up is under way across the country after heavy rainfall at the weekend caused serious flooding. There were road closure(...)

Dr James Reilly, who was Minister for Health for more than three years, has made 315 representations since 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Minister for Health James Reilly have made more than 300 representations each on behalf of constituents in relation t(...)