Minister of State Simon Harris: said  Ireland was “very well-placed” to benefit from inclusion in the EU investment plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has submitted more than 70 projects for possible inclusion in the EU’s €315 billion investment plan, with energy, social housing and i(...)

Senator John Whelan: said decision on editing podcast was “puzzling”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

RTÉ has said it took an “internal editorial decision” to edit a podcast of its night-time current affairs radio programme The Late Debate to remove an(...)

A gale of opprobrium blew up over comments by economist Colm McCarthy deriding any further investment in wind energy

Colm McCarthy, the clever but contrarian UCD economist, doesn’t mince his words. He prefers instead to mince the targets of his ire, which last weeken(...)

A water leak which followed water meter installation works in Sandymount, south  Dublin. Irish Water has not been communicating effectively to people at the most basic level: on the phones and the doors.  Photograph: Frank Miller

From the start of the year it has been obvious Irish Water was going to be one of the biggest headaches for the Government, not just for 2014 but for (...)

Mainstream chief Eddie O Connor. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scottish ministers have given Irish-based Mainstream Renewable Power the green light for a €1.9 billion offshore wind farm development in the North Se(...)

Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

Brendan Howlin, who announced a new policy of filling board vacancies, speaking outside Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Ministers will have to choose all State board appointments from a shortlist provided to them by the public appointments service under new measures agr(...)

Photo issued by the National Museum of Ireland of a bog body which archaeologists at the National Museum of Ireland dug up in Rossan bog in Meath, close to the border with Westmeath. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland /PA Wire

Experts from the National Museum of Ireland plan to radiocarbon date an ancient bog body found at a Midlands bog today. It is the second one to be fou(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

A  Bord na Mona  peat powered Power station in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Despite the weight of conventional wisdom to the contrary, issues can and do move at high speed within the public sector. On Monday morning, the Na(...)