Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. File photograph: Dave Meehan

A “strong cultural resistance” from some local authorities and lenders is causing the mortgage-to-rent scheme to “struggle”, the Department of the (...)

Brian Ó Domhnaill: investigation on hold for three years after he launched a legal challenge. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Standards in Public Office Commission investigation into alleged duplication of expenses claims by Fianna Fáil senator Brian Ó Domhnaill may resum(...)

Fianna Fail Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.

The Court of Appeal has cleared the way for an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into the alleged duplication of expenses cla(...)

The total paid by the Exchequer to non-party members of the Dáil and Seanad in 2014 was €812,989 - €563,859 to TDs and €249,000 to non-party members of the Seanad. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of complaints of alleged unethical behaviour by politicians received by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) increased slightly(...)

 The sperm whale washed up on Mageraroarty Beach on Friday and was buried by Donegal County Council but it surfaced again on Monday. Photograph: Seamus O’Domhnaill via Facebook

A 45-ft sperm whale has been washed ashore on a Co Donegal beach again – after it was buried by Donegal County Council. The creature was initially wa(...)

The High Court has ordered Eircom to disclose the name and address of an anonymous emailer who distributed an allegedly defamatory letter about a wast(...)

‘If you are discouraging people from calling 999 in the case of a genuine emergency, that is appalling policy that is inevitably geared towards putting human lives at risk,” said Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost half of the €9.3 million owed to local authority fire services by Irish homes and businesses last year was not paid, figures reveal. Accordin(...)

Donegal County Council  last night passed a motion calling on the Government to abolish water charges.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Fine Gael chief whip on Donegal County Council was among those who tonight passed a motion calling on the Government to abolish water charges.The(...)

Umbrella species: the mussels shield the future of pretty well everything else alive in our last, relatively clean rivers. Illustration: Michael Viney

The first November squalls of the new wet rain give notice of the Atlantic winter monsoon that now attends our share of climate change. The hills of t(...)

Nature’s way: The refurbished playground in Merrion Square, Dublin, which is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story The Selfish Giant

Swings and roundabouts: What playground do you favour, and why? Email swayman@irishtimes.com or comment on the article below. We hope to publish a (...)