Up to 80 supporters from Galway handed in a petition yesterday as part of a new ‘Save Forum Connemara’ campaign. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government has inflicted another “blow to local democracy” through its reconfiguration of programme funding for social inclusion, a Connemara(...)

´The Lisheen zinc and lead mine in Thurles, Co Tipperary. The Irish mining industry is centred around zinc production. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has the most attractive corporate taxation regime in the world for mining, according to a detailed survey of the industry by a respected Cana(...)

Revenue assumed responsibility for collecting the Household Charge, which has  been replaced by the Local Property Tax, in July 2013, when all outstanding liabilities increased from €100 to €200.  File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

A decision to withdraw a legal action against a builder who did not register for the Household Charge does not set a precedent, according to Mayo’s co(...)

There were 371 families, with 803 children, in emergency accommodation in Dublin last month – an increase of more than 40 per cent since June last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The number of families with children becoming homeless in Dublin continues to rise, data from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) shows. There(...)

Ger Deering was the first commissioner for taxi regulation Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Former taxi regulator Ger Deering has been appointed as financial services ombudsman, replacing Bill Prasifka, who has completed a five-year term in t(...)

The Department of the Environment has announced funding to community development partnerships  in Ballymun, Fingal and Rathmines/Pembroke in Dublin, as well as in Connemara and Waterford, would end on April 1st. Among the services they provide are meals-on-wheels and home repairs for the elderly. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Community development partnerships in five of the most deprived areas in the State will have their funding withdrawn and will close or begin to wind d(...)

53 Main Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary: Ireland’s only third ever non-residential building to be independently certified as having achieved the benchmark passive standard in energy efficiency

Quirke’s Pharmacy in Clonmel is only the third non-residential building in Ireland to be independently certified as having achieved the benchmark pas(...)

 Brendan O’Brien of Siptu said: “This is an issue where, for too long, two agencies refused to address the issue. The relationship has been characterised by competition, inter services rivalries. Somebody has to intervene and say this is not good enough we need to put patients safety first.” Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Members of the trade union Siptu working in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are to ballot for industrial action in response to moves to transfer parts o(...)

Brendan Howlin, Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Jed Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

FIACH KELLYPolitical Correspondent The abolition of town councils – a key plank of the Coalition’s political reform programme – was wrong and should b(...)

Almost 2,700 new homes will be provided in Dublin city over the next two years through social housing building schemes to take people off the city cou(...)