Independent TD Tommy Broughan has called for the establishment of a permanent commission  to research levels of pay and wealth in the State as part of his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There are huge gaps and unknowns relating to earned income and levels of wealth in the Irish economy, Independent TD Tommy Broughan has told the Dáil.(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton:  the job losses were “a reminder to us that every day is a battle”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said the owners of Cadbury were committed to an €11.7 million investment at its Coolock plant. Owners Mondelez I(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was repeatedly asked to clarify the precise cost of billing each household annually for water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A call was made in the Dáil to suspend proceedings on the water charges legislation because it could not be confirmed whether there would be a net in(...)

Cars parked near Dollymount Strand earlier this week. Photograph:   Collins 1:44

Dollymount beach is one of Dublin’s jewels and on the hottest day of the year it shimmered under a cloudless sky. By 11am the car park at the front o(...)

Head first: jumping into the Grand Canal at Suir Road Bridge in Drimnagh, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 1:29

The rise of the two German discount giants Lidl and Aldi, and the rise in temperatures has led to a new craze in Dublin – canal diving in wetsuits.(...)

A disgusted Mattie McGrath has become the victim of a ruthless takeover by Clare Daly, who quickly decamped from her office on the fourth floor to Luke “Ming” Flanagan’s lair on the third floor as soon as Ming was elected. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mattie McGrath was very pleased for fellow Independent Ming Flanagan when he got the nod to go off to Europe. Pleased on the double, in fact. Because (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “I recalled the words of Einstein in context of our commitment to honour trust.” Picture Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” That’s Enda in the Dáil last month, quoting Einstein, no less, as he moved the motion to es(...)

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(...)

Speeding fines: last year 1,754 drivers escaped points after making a poor-box contribution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last week the property developer Niall Mellon appeared in court for not paying an €80 fixed-penalty notice for speeding. Judge Michael Coghlan (...)

Not learning: One in every 15 road fatalities involves an unaccompanied learner driver, according to the Department of Justice. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Just over one in five learner drivers summonsed for driving unaccompanied was convicted last year, and not one received the maximum fine of €1,(...)