Fire services personnel protest outside Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Firefighters may strike if the Government proceeds with a proposed reduction in crewing numbers, according to trade union officials.Speaking at a rall(...)

Minister for Local Government Alan Kelly: his department has already signalled its unhappiness with a recently submitted 10 year financial plan from Sligo County Council. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sligo County Council is facing cuts to its library services, the shutdown of its motor tax offices and further redundancies as it prepares for a meeti(...)

People take part in the anti-water charges rally crossing the Talbot Memorial Bridge in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:27

Irish Water has reported a surge of people registering with the utility since Friday and said that close to one million of the 1.5 million homes which(...)

When is a deadline not a deadline and other Irish Water questions answered

Another Irish Water deadline? What is this one about?Well, people have until midnight on Monday February 2nd to sign up to Irish Water or else. Or els(...)

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin 2:27

There will be no penalties imposed on those who fail to meet this week’s “deadline” for registration with Irish Water although some who fail to sign u(...)

Anti-water-charge protesters demonstrating in Dublin on Saturday. There was one arrest during more than 20 protests against water charges aroundthe country. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Just over half of the households expected to pay bills to Irish Water have registered their details with the new utility. The latest figures fr(...)

Bertie Ahern arriving at the Mahon Tribunal in Dublin Castle on September 20th, 2007. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The planning tribunal has withdrawn its second interim report so that some, though not all, of the corruption findings against former Fianna Fáil mini(...)

Justice Alan Mahon: accused witnesses of submitting ‘grossly exaggerated’ legal bills. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Planning tribunal chairman Mr Justice Alan Mahon has accused witnesses of submitting “grossly exaggerated” legal bills, but says the cost of the inqui(...)

Department of the Environment in a statement said the description of the meetings of the Irish Water Consultative Group as ‘secret’ was ‘utter nonsense’.

Irish Water and the Department of the Environment have rejected a claim there was a secret deal to fill vacancies among the 4,300 staff at the new St(...)

 Gerry Finn director of the soon-to-be defunct Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The inclusion of Dublin into a new Midland and Eastern Regional Assembly will require a “balancing act” to avoid fears of favouritism over other coun(...)