Patrick O’Donovan TD, Fine Gael: said “ordinary working people” in rural areas were “sick to the back teeth of listening to people give out” about them receiving the €100 grant. Photograph:  Brian Gavin

A Government backbencher has told the Dáil the €100 water conservation grant should be an ongoing scheme because of the costs involved in group water (...)

Patrick O’Donovan pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine for sale or supply at Tramore Road, Togher, on March 23rd, 2006, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. He received an 11-year sentence with the last four suspended. File photograph: Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images/The Image Bank

A 35-year-old man arrested by gardaí after he picked up €70,000 worth of cocaine from another man under Garda surveillance has received an 11-year sen(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

RTÉ’s deputy director general Kevin Bakhurst leaving the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The notion that RTÉ is politically biased makes little sense, the chair of its board Moya Doherty has said. It would fundamentally destroy trus(...)

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy. An Oireachtas committee has heard how sponsorship secured for D’Arcy’s new radio show more than covers his salary. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sponsorship secured for Ray D’Arcy’s new radio programme on RTÉ Radio 1 more than covers his annual salary, the new chair-designate of RTÉ has said. M(...)

Majority of the 16,566 TV licence summonses were issued in Dublin.

More than 16,000 summonses were issued last year for non-payment of TV licences.Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said prosecution was a matter(...)

Garth Brooks: the committee formed to review the situation surrounding the cancellation of his gigs earlier this year only met last month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The review group established in the wake of the Garth Brooks concerts fiasco had its first meeting in October, more than three months after the conce(...)

Joe Higgins: said Enda Kenny had to be protected by gardaí as a result of popular discontent.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

And with one bound, our hero was free. Until next Wednesday. Everything will be explained then. Where once there was fear and anxiety, there will be c(...)

Broadcaster Pat Kenny, who left RTÉ to join Newstalk. RTÉ managing director Jim Jennings said the company would have paid Kenny to stay put if it had been overpaying its radio presenters.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

RTÉ’s managing director of radio has said that if they were willing to overpay presenters they would have kept Pat Kenny. Kenny moved to Newstalk in t(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: “I’m not at liberty to say who mentioned his name to me because that’s a Fine Gael matter”

A Fine Gael TD has said he recommended another party member appointed to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) to Minister for Arts Hea(...)