Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen: says Brendan Howlin is weeping “crocodile tears”.  “I’m glad he’s acknowledged the errors of their ways. I’d like to see ways and means by which he might address those errors.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by his Cabinet colleague and Labour Minister Brendan Howlin that the abolition of town cou(...)

Brendan Howlin, Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Jed Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

FIACH KELLYPolitical Correspondent The abolition of town councils – a key plank of the Coalition’s political reform programme – was wrong and should b(...)

News of the elimination of the Number 7 Dublin-Cork route has been greeted by consternation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“At the heart of the community” is the logo that stands proudly at the top of Bus Éireann’s website but if that’s meant to be a promise it’s one that (...)

Phil Hogan: the commissioner is hoping to reach a deal with US negotiators before March 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan is urging American negotiators working on the proposed EU-US trade deal to “get on with it” and reach agreement (...)

Mairéad McGuinness: “Clear and accurate information is all that consumers want.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI) has accused the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) of unfairly targeting its members with its latest pr(...)

Former Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward has been selected to contest the upcoming Carlow-Kilkenny byelection for the party. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Former Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward has been selected to contest the upcoming Carlow-Kilkenny byelection for the party.Kilkenny based Mr Aylward (59),(...)

The deaths of 30 people on farms last year may not signal a trend and knee-jerk reactions to the fatalities must be avoided, said Patrick Kent, presid(...)

Colm O Gorman, Mary Murphy, Tom Arnold  and Michael Mc Dowell at the Convention on the Constitution in February 2014. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

Only two of 18 recommendations for constitutional change made by the Convention on the Constitution are to be put to referendum. The Government(...)

When asked whether it was possible he could take over as ceann comhairle should Sean Barrett step aside, Pat  Rabbitte said: ‘You might say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.’ Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Labour is preparing to propose one of its own TDs for the position of ceann comhairle if Séan Barrett resigns before the end of this Dáil, with for(...)

More milk and water

The Government’s climate change legislation is as milk-and-watery as any of its backbench TDs could have hoped for: it has pushed the prospect of nece(...)