Noel Dempsey: “At least 500km of the worst-performing water mains have been replaced. There is now a plan to deal with lead pipes.”

There’s a small town in Westmeath called Fore where locals say there are seven wonders; one of which is a river that flows uphill. There is of cour(...)

One of the most significant things the Republic could do now is to move on from commemorating the men and women of 1916 and continue to build on what (...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)

 Flood defences holding back the river Suir in  Clonmel. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There are two major policy reasons for the current flooding – a failure of our planning policy over the past half-century and a policy failure in resp(...)

Sedco 711 drilling rig at the Corrib gas field. It is a semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depth of up to 550m.

1996: Gas discovery reported 83 km off Mayo by Enterprise Energy Ireland (EEI). August 2001: Mayo County Council approved permission for an onshore(...)

Images issued by Dublin City Council showing illustrations of proposed changes to College Green in Dublin. Photograph:  Dublin City Council/PA Wire

More than three years since the Luas cross-city line was granted permission by An Bord Pleanála and more than a decade since this “missing link” betwe(...)

Eircode and Christmas cards: “We haven’t seen people using it,” says a member of a post office’s counter staff, who estimates that “about 2 per cent” of postage carried the code. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The post office in the middle of Ranelagh village in Dublin is busy with customers dealing with last-minute Christmas cards and parcels. Six people ar(...)

Former  minister for transport Noel Dempsey (right) and minister for justice  Dermot Ahern speaking to reporters about the economic crisis in November 2010. Mr Dempsey said on Saturday he was not aware the country was preparing to enter a bailout at that time. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil minister Noel Dempsey said he is haunted by decisions taken by the Cabinet at the time of the economic collapse and believes Irelan(...)

Minister of Environment Alan Kelly: “While we won’t meet the 2020 targets we are in a trajectory or a line that is going in the right direction.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly has said it is no secret that Ireland is not going to meet the EU greenhouse emissions targets for 2020. Mr Kelly (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the launch of local authority plans for the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)