Mary Heanue, Inis Turk; John Walsh, Bere Island; Simon Murray, Inis Boffin; Aisling Moran, Sherkin Island and Mairtin O’ Mealóid, Cape Clear met to discuss a move by two government departments to temporarily avert funding cuts for development offices. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

English-speaking island communities say they are “not one bit happy” with a move by two government departments to temporarily avert funding cuts for d(...)

Protests had been staged at the Belcoo site amid fears the controversial fracking technique would be used if large reserves of gas were found.

Two Stormont departments could be facing a billion pound lawsuit over thwarted plans to drill for shale gas in Co Fermanagh, it emerged today.Lawyers (...)

 Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure at a joint Budget 2015 Press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many Government departments argued against budget cuts and instead pitched for significant increases in spending as part part of the Government’s lat(...)

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton: expressed concern that Irish Water not dealing with customer queries ‘efficiently, reliably and in a timely way’.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Water has rejected a suggestion by Fianna Fáil that performance-related payments or bonuses were paid to its staff this year. Fianna Fáil(...)

Adamstown’s underutilised train station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Planning Institute has warned against lowering apartment standards in a “knee-jerk” reaction to the housing crisis.The institute was respond(...)

Hilary Quinlan resigned as a director of Irish Water  yesterday but will continue working as a private driver for Minister for State Paudie Coffey

The appointment of Hilary Quinlan as a driver for the Minister of State for the Environment while he was also a director of Irish Water, which comes u(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a mandatory wage-setting body should set pay and working conditions in the waste industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Domestic water meters are now being installed at a rate of one every 30 seconds, with more than 400,000 already in place, Minister for Environment Ala(...)

Former minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon tribunal at Dublin Castle in 2006. The tribunal has paid legal fees to builders Tom Brennan and Joseph McGowan, who it found made corrupt payments to Burke. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Mahon tribunal has begun making substantial payments to cover the legal fees of some of those it found to be involved in corruption in the planni(...)

Agri-Food Strategy Board believes Northern Ireland has the potential to grow its agri-food sector to a £7 billion-a-year industry by 2020

The next time you are about to take a bite out of a bacon sandwich, please stop and take a close look at it.What do you see? Hopefully nothing out of (...)

Resident Caroline McNulty at Thornton Heights formally St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin’s longest-planned social housing regeneration project will finally see its first residents this weekend, 16 years after its development was or(...)