Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No issue comes close to water charges when measuring impact on the fortunes of political parties this year. Before its inception, the Government had f(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

The  Coalition initially promised it would publish a Bill in 2012 but a series of reviews ordered by former minister Phil Hogan meant the  date was pushed back first to 2013, and then to 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

The Government will not publish its long-awaited legislation on climate change until the new year. A spokesman at the Department of the Environ(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

The same-sex marriage referendum, as well as the vote to reduce the age for presidential candidates and a pending Dáil byelection, is likely to be hel(...)

At least two referendums will be held in May 2015, the Cabinet decided today.

The Cabinet today agreed that a number of referendums, including one on same-sex marriage , will be held in May next year. The polls expected to be he(...)

A marriage equality march in Dublin campaigns for equal rights for same sex couples. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ministers are expected to weigh up whether they should hold the same-sex marriage referendum on its own or in tandem with a byelection and other pendi(...)

Britain is “playing Ireland at Ireland’s game” in terms of actively encouraging foreign direct investment, IBEC director   Danny Mc Coy said in Brussels today. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

A British exit from the European Union would represent a major challenge to Ireland, the director of IBEC said on Tuesday in Brussels.Speaking at the (...)

Gerard Collins. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gerard CollinsGerard Collins won a Dáil seat in Limerick West for Fianna Fáil after the death of his father, a TD, in 1967, and went on to become a lo(...)

In 2015, milk prices per litre are set to fall to 27 cent and they could fall even further than that. Dairy farmers will make little more than 2 cent profit on each litre of milk they produce.

The news from Teagasc that dairy farmers could see their incomes fall by 50 per cent next year will make for grim but hardly surprising reading for a (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney the national dairy herd would increase by between 20-25 per cent over the next five years.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has been accused of misleading the public on the environmental impact of expanding Ireland’s dairy herd.An Tais(...)