The election of Brian Hayes as an MEP has led to an autumn byelection in Dublin South West.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The reshuffled Government’s first electoral test is expected to come in the autumn in a number of byelections. Voters will be scheduled to go to the (...)

 Michael Ring TD: “It’s fine for some of these people coming from privileged backgrounds and with plenty of money; they don’t have any understanding of how people are hurting on the ground in middle Ireland.”Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has criticised members of the so-called “five-a-side gang” of young Fine Gael TDs, some of whom are demandin(...)

Michael Ring: said 38 per cent of applications were invalid and more than 2,000 applications were currently being processed

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has expressed his frustration at how clubs repeatedly submit invalid applications for sports grants.He told t(...)

Senator Deirdre Clune is planning to run in Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is coming under growing pressure from within its own internal organisation to only run two candidates in the Ireland South constituen(...)

There is anxiety in both Fine Gael and Labour that public resistance to the €3.2 billion EirGrid project could damage the parties in the upcoming European and local elections. Photograph: David Sleator

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing renewed concerns from his own TDs about plans to build a new network of giant electricity pylons across large rural pa(...)

Eighty horses were seized or surrendered to ISPCA inspectors this year

An abandoned horse is found dead in a forest with a gaping wound caused by a tight head collar. A stallion donkey is withdrawn from sale when the auct(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is considering the introduction of a humane slaughtering scheme for horses. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Department of Agriculture is considering the introduction of a humane slaughtering scheme for horses to deal with the oversupply of horses that ha(...)

Kevin Humphreys, one of the Labour backbench TDs who wrote a letter published in  The  Irish Times today. “We will do as much austerity as is needed to secure the recovery. Not a cent more,” they say. Photograph: Davd Sleator

Budget tensions are escalating between Fine Gael and Labour as TDs in the two Government parties clash over the fiscal plan for 2014 . Amid pre(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has hardened the Government’s criticism of the troika over its insistence on a €3.1 billion adjustment in Oct(...)

Isolde Goggin said the authority had received “few substantive complaints” since the Competition (Amendment) Act 2006 was introduced

Small producers may be unwilling to complain of coerced payments, sometimes called “hello money”, because of “fear of retribution” from retailers, the(...)