Grassroots canvassing: Bobby Aylward, the Fianna Fáil candidate, looking for support in Piltown, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Amid birdsong and beneath blue skies, rural Co Kilkenny is revealing some of its glories:green fields, the budding beech and oak of Jenkinstown woods,(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he disagrees with the proposition of the No campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum that every child has a right to a mother and father. Photograph: Inpho

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he disagrees with the proposition of the No campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum that every ch(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht Heather Humphreys with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin at the launch of the 1916 Centenary Programme in the National Museum, Collins Barracks, earlier this week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:02

The seven multimillion euro projects that will become “permanent reminders” of the 1916 Easter Rising will all be completed in time for next year’s ce(...)

Surprisingly good encounters: Enda Kenny in Newcastle Woods with Martin Dalby CEO of Center Parcs which plans a new centre in Co Longford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny seems to bump into more people on the street every day than your average charity mugger.And, by some great stroke of serendipity,(...)

Fr Niall Molloy who died at Clara Co Offaly in July 1985

The “precise truth” of the circumstances surrounding the death of Fr Niall Molloy in Co Offaly in 1985 cannot be ascertained, a new report has conclud(...)

 Keeping up the pressure: a water meter in Dublin. The Government’s proposed payment compliance measures include deducting water bills from wages. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People registered with Irish Water will also have to register with the Department of Social Protection if they want to receive a water conservation gr(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Minister brought the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Cabinet has approved a Bill that will compel schools to publish admission policies and ban requests for deposits to secure places. The Education ((...)

One-fifth of schools in the State are oversubscribed, with Gaelcholáistí, in particular, having an oversubscription rate of about 30 per cent. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Cabinet has approved a Bill that will compel schools to publish their admission policies and ban requests for deposits to secure places.The Education (...)

Senator Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Sean Haughey and Maureen Haughey, daughter of Sean Lemass at the unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

A little like the Irish language, most discussion on Fianna Fáil these days tends to be the existential question about its survival prospects. The par(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will bring the Bill to the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is expected to approve a Bill today that will compel schools to publish their admission policies and will also ban the seeking of de(...)