Inishbofin Island, Co Galway, which is famed for its “pirate presence” of Grace O’Malley . Photograph: Frank Miiller/The Irish Times

Inishbofin has become the first Irish island to receive an international ecotourism award. The Ecotourism award, which will be presented today to a (...)

Denis O’Callaghan (90) rehersing. Photograph: Dave Meehan

We are listening to a group of older musicians rehearsing in a large, brightly lit room at the back of the National Concert Hall. It’s days before the(...)

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter: “The lifting of international sanctions on Iran opens the way for Irish food exporters to explore trading opportunities in the second largest economy in the Middle East.”

Ireland’s two main banks still refuse to facilitate financial transactions with Iran – the Middle East’s second largest economy – despite the lifting(...)

Galway Harbour Company’s decision after the Buncrana deaths to limit access to its slipway has aroused criticism from water users.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Five weeks after five members of one family died when their car skidded into Lough Swilly, the Department of the Environment has issued no specific di(...)

When a lease is for land only, no right of renewal will arise, since it does not fall under the definition of a “tenement” as set out in landlord and tenant legislation. Photograph: Getty Images/Creatas RF

Q I wonder could you give me some guidance about the problem that I have in my front hall. The house is over 100 years old and was totally rebuilt in(...)

Protecting our heritage

Photographs of the impact land reclamation can have on a Bronze Age burial site were published in this newspaper last week when a megalithic dolmen, l(...)

Galway candidate Joe Healy: playing the outsider’s card at hustings.

Having endured some of its worst times in its history over the last six months, the Irish Farmers’ Association will today hope to begin to close an un(...)

Deal between Dublin and Washington extends only to high-value steak cuts, but the big demand is for mince

Irish beef exports to the US amounted to just €6 million in the first quarter of this year, well short of official predictions. And access to China’s (...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang with his wife, Madam Cheng, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm in Gortbrack, Co Mayo, in May last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What is this controversy about? One of the great coups for the Irish beef industry last year was the reopening of the Chinese market. Irish expor(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “Committed to further building . . . relationship with China.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A vote by Ireland at the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning China’s human rights record was “entirely consistent” with European Union pol(...)