The Federation of Irish Sport believes tax breaks for sporting programmes will provide pathways for future stars. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Tax breaks for sporting programmes might be a way of replacing the potential loss of funding from a ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport, Oireachtas(...)

Minister for State warns public following reports of the alleged stretching of petrol, using kerosene or other substances. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris has urged the public to purchase fuel from reputable dealers to avoid contaminated petrol. He said he wa(...)

The Irish Medicines Board, which regulates the pharmacy industry, has revealed  that 20 different types of medicine which currently need a doctor’s prescription will soon not need them at all.   Photograph: Thinkstock

Thousands of patients will be able to get medicines over the counter where previously they had to have a doctor’s prescription, it has been announced.(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter arriving at Leinster House. The Minister has been under pressure to apologise to Sgt Maurice McCabe for telling the Dáil that the Garda officer would not cooperate with the inquiry, but there was no apology during yesterday’s day-long Dáil debate on the affair.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said there was “fault on both sides” when Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was not interviewed in a(...)

Jim Higgins MEP: “There never was any pressure – good, bad or indifferent”.

Fine Gael is unlikely to divide up the vast Midlands- North-West constituency between its two candidates in the European election, placing sitting MEP(...)

 Larry O’Mahony: he emerged from bankruptcy in Britain last year following a hearing at Macclesfield Crown Court in Cheshire, which had declared him bankrupt a year before. Photograph: Collins Courts

Larry O’Mahony was a long time associate of Tom McFeely and was involved in the infamous Priory Hall development.He was part of the Coalport company b(...)

There has been a six-fold increase in hoax ambulance calls over the past six years, Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

There has been a six-fold increase in hoax ambulance calls over the past six years, Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony has said.The Mayo deputy received infor(...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton says she is not optimistic  legislation will be amended in a way that would make it acceptable to her.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Health James Reilly have spearheaded an unprecedented charm offensive over the past week in a concerted campaig(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “Sorry Dr Reilly. Please do not mislead people. Our manifesto and programme for govt DID NOT commit FG Tds to this. Read it. Don’t make it up.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government will move swiftly to appoint a successor to Minister of State for Europe Lucinda Creighton if, as expected, she votes against the abor(...)

Move is unlikely to appease Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton.

Fine Gael is pressing for an amendment to the abortion legislation in the hope that it can still prevent the defection of another two or more TDs in (...)