Tom Fleming TD (Ind): described his own county – Kerry – as an “industrial wasteland”, with major emigration and “no hope”.    Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

The Government’s employment policy has been described as inadequate and the unemployment figures criticised for not reflecting the true number of peo(...)

Minister for the  Marine Simon Coveney says  there is great potential for all types of aquaculture around Ireland’s coast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Six hundred applications for fish farm licences are under consideration by Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney. He said he anticipated “significant (...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “We have not over-promised.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has defended his approach to the 2015 health budget and said he and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch had been “honest(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Constitution stipulated that members of the Seanad were elected by secret postal ballot, which could not be changed without a further constitutional referendum.

The Seanad was “elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable as an institution of the State”, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams told the Dáil.He said the Seanad (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly has warned that his department will have to take action against law firms and lawyers who present bills for payment years after the service has been provided.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times.

Minister for Children James Reilly has warned that his department will have to take action against law firms and lawyers who present bills for payment(...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Local Election result has already cost Eamon Gilmore his role as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. An analysis of the results translated(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)

Hayden Thorpe: a unique vocalist. Photograph: Patrick O’Leary

**** There is a line in Wild Beasts’ most recent single, (...)