A  note from the office of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys requested the Irish language be relegated to nearer the bottom of the list of principal themes  of the commemorations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Preparations for the much-criticised official launch of the 1916 commemoration programme in November were rushed, and were undertaken under considerab(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys: Limerick must submit its bid to her department in October.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Limerick City of Culture director Mike Fitzpatrick is to lead the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture in 2020, it has been confirmed.Widely re(...)

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. The head of the centenary project, John Concannon, initially proposed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ms Humphreys an “ambitious project of scale” closely modelled on The Gathering

The Government rejected an internal proposal to mark the 1916 centenary with a €12 million Gathering-style initiative explicitly aimed at promoting(...)

Dr Alex Copland, senior conservation officer of BirdWatch Ireland, said birds such as greenfinches, linnets and yellowhammers were still found in nests in August. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Farm groups and environmentalists are on a collision course over potential changes to the period when hedges can be cut.Under the Wildlife Act, lando(...)

Galway harbour. The first phase of the proposed €126 million port expansion into south Galway Bay involves reclamation of almost 27 hectares of foreshore and seabed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State wildlife experts have “key outstanding concerns” about the implications of the Galway harbour expansion plan, an oral hearing has heard. (...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was told the information was “a matter of public record” and was being used for the purpose it was gathered. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Publishing details of all births, marriages and civil partnerships on the internet would be a “fundamental incursion into the privacy of individual(...)

John and Mary Geoghegan on their land overlooking the Owenriff River and Lough Graffard.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) experts and consultants have expressed “major concerns” about a Connemara roadway scheme that was given Bor(...)

An extra €2 million has been secured to fund national cultural institutions including the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

An extra €2 million has been secured to fund the national cultural institutions including the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of I(...)

Eamon Ó Cuiv: said he wanted the Minister to assure him the funding would continue after March

Inter-departmental discussions are under way on the funding of development companies in the non-Gaeltacht islands, Minister for the Environment Alan(...)

A screenshot taken from the ireland.ie video shows references to social media companies that have based themselves in Ireland in recent years. 1:32

A video published last night to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has been criticised for not including any mention of the uprising or o(...)