Former minister for Health James Reilly. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

James Reilly’s last appointment as minister for health was of a former Labour councillor and constituency rival in north Dublin.Dr Reilly appointed Ci(...)

Manager Paul Reid (left) and Cllr Kieran Dennison, Mayor of Fingal, at the Special Meeting of Fingal County Council, in Swords, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fingal is different. Until 20 years ago Fingal County Council didn’t exist, it didn’t even have a name. The area that now makes up the local author(...)

Fingal County Council’s meeting in Swords, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

There were more obstacles put in the path of Dublin having a directly elected mayor than there are in the Grand National, so it was not surpris(...)

Fingal has voted against the proposal to hold a public vote on setting up a directly elected mayor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fingal county councillors have blocked Dubliners from voting next May on whether to have a directly elected mayor for the capital. Just s(...)

A file picture of councillor Ruth Coppinger. She has said the  Socialist Party did not want to block Dubliners from voting. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Fianna Fáil group vote to allow Dubliners to decide whether they want a directly elected mayor could push the prospect through Fingal County Coun(...)

File photo from 2011 of the scene at Kelleher’s Post Office in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, where the kidnapping and robbery took place. Photograph: Press 22

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by a postmaster who claimed An Post unfairly terminated his contract four months after his son was kidnapped (...)

Residents in areas earmarked for large, infrastructure projects should receive compensation in the form of community projects, Fingal county councillo(...)