Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe has welcomed Central Statistics Office figures that show that visits to Ireland increased by 600,000 in 2014 compared to 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 600,000 more people came to Ireland in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. I(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said:  “We have to move on now from the Garth Brooks concerts. We are planning a number of festival events around the days of the concerts.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Tourism will tomorrow announce a series of festival events in Dublin on the dates the Garth Brooks concerts we(...)

A 2002 file photograph of Denis Lyons, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state who has passed away, and Dan Boyle of the Green Party watching the Seanad election count at Leinster House. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin has paid tribute to former party TD and minister of state Denis Lyons who has died.Mr Lyons (78) was a TD for Cork N(...)

Margaret Hayes, who has died aged 59, was the youngest woman to become secretary general of a government department. After retiring, she became(...)

Gathering at the maypole: children re-create happy memories for visitors to the Bayno, or Iveagh Trust play centre in Dublin, where they and thousands of others spent time after school as children between 1913 and the 1970s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Message to the State: “Hands off our Gathering.” While Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar was saying this week that the Gathering, as successful as it(...)