Fergal Leamy: estimates Irish forestry output will double in the next 10 years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The headquarters of some Irish semi-State companies are fierce ugly. Dublin Bus’s head office on O’Connell Street, for example, looks like the back of(...)

Paul Martin: ‘It’s a little bit like showing a pedigree dog at Crufts; you have to understand the rules if you want to win a medal at Chelsea.’ Photograph: Richard Johnston

Talking to the Dundalk-born garden designer Paul Martin about his upcoming garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I was reminded of that scen(...)

The Offaly side of the old constituency had two sitting TDs: Barry Cowen and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy. It has meant a spare seat is on offer, with no incumbent.

The Offaly North Tipperary constituency threw up a few election surprises - but Fianna Fáil’s dominance was not among them. The former five-seat Laoi(...)

Colours to the mast: Alannah Ní Cheallaigh-Mhuirí of An Taisce nailed her environmental thoughts to her front door to canvass the canvassers, and her ‘My Doorstep Issue’ campaign lit up Facebook. Photograph: Alannah Ní Cheallaigh-Mhuirí

Why does the health of our natural environment barely figure in the current election campaign? At first sight, the answer seems obvious. In the word(...)

 Bord na Móna peat briquettes.  Bord na Móna is to create 60 new jobs after securing planning permission for a new smokeless fuel plant in the port of Foynes in Co Limerick.

Bord na Móna is to create 60 new jobs after securing planning permission for a new smokeless fuel plant in the port of Foynes in Co Limerick. The fac(...)

Meath captain Donal Keogan lifts the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup after the final at  Páirc Tailteann, Navan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

O’Byrne Cup final Meath 1-17 Longford 1-11 Having finished their Leinster championship last summer with that morale draining defeat by Westmeath, M(...)

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his changes in the panel and backroom personnel  has raised optimism in the county. Photograph: Inpho

SATURDAY McKenna Cup final Derry v Tyrone, Athletic Grounds, 7.30 – Tyrone have been the driving force in this competition since it was resumed in(...)

The scheme in the Doughill Forest area, near Strokestown was  conceived by Coillte and the tail end of the boom and it had obtained planning permission as the sole developer in 2012

Coillte and Bord na Móna have agreed a joint venture to build out a €90 million wind farm in Co Roscommon. The two semi-State companies are also unde(...)

Ogilvy & Mather Dublin campaign work includes TV3’s soap opera Red Rock

Profits at the Irish division of advertising and public relations group Ogilvy & Mather fell by 6.5 per cent in 2014, a year in which revenues dec(...)

 Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly following a briefing with the National Coordination Group in Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The body tasked with overseeing the river Shannon will be given powers to recommend legislative changes to Government, The Irish Times has learned. T(...)