Irish Wind Energy Association chief executive Kenneth Matthews speaking atthe association’s annual conference. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

The Irish Wind Energy Association, the lobby group for wind farm developers, held its annual conference on Wednesday at the Doubletree hotel, formerly(...)

Ireland used to have more widespread voluntary folic acid fortification than other European countries and the rate of birth defects fell up to 2008. However, it started rising again in 2009

A growing incidence of severe birth defects among Irish newborns is being linked to a reduction in the amounts of folic acid added by food manufactur(...)

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte accused the national broadcaster of being “lopsided”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former communications minister Pat Rabbitte did not mince his words when describing RTÉ as a “recruitment sergeant” for the far left and Sinn Féin on (...)

 Mary Lou McDonald said it seemed Labour was about to become Irish Water’s debt collector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Tánaiste Joan Burton as a “wimp’’ after claiming she failed to say if she supported the deduction(...)

 Declan Farrell from Bord Bia, Gerry McNally of Irish Country Meats,  Xibin Chen of Heilongjiang Grandfarm Group China, and Wei Chen of China Meat Association. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

If the average Chinese person increases their meat intake by 50g a day – the equivalent of a modest-sized hamburger – the country will need to bolste(...)

Former editor of the Irish Independent Gerry O’Regan arriving  at the Banking Inquiry. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

The former editor of the Irish Independent said the factors surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse could have been our “Watergate”, but the media did(...)

CHQ Building in the IFSC. Photograph: David Sleator

Neville Isdell, the former Coca-Cola chief executive who owns the CHQ building in Dublin, says work will soon begin on transforming the underground va(...)

 Willie Walsh: the IAG chief executive   has pledged to maintain Aer Lingus flights from the State to Heathrow for five years. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/PhotoCall Ireland

Government officials could meet representatives of International Airlines Group (IAG) again next week as talks over the €1.36-billion bid for Aer Lin(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

 Prof Anne MacFarlane called for professional interpreters to be available in the healthcare system to help migrants who have limited English. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Children of migrants are being taken out of school to act as interpreters for their parents at doctor visits, a conference has heard.The University o(...)