The cranes may be back on the Dublin skyline, but will it mean more residential units for sale? Photograph: Alan Betson

Last June, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly sent what now seems like a subtle warning to Dublin City Council, telling it not to put any “unreas(...)

Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin as the 2016 general election campaign gets underway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It’s the economy, stupid. The de facto slogan for Bill Clinton’s 1992 US presidential campaign is just as relevant for the general election campaign t(...)

Richard Bruton: his department says it will keep the rules “under review” and that they can be adjusted “in either direction” if they are adversely affecting the industry or consumers

After seven years of debate and delay, there is now a three- month scramble on to implement the new grocery regulations governing the relationship bet(...)

UCD is not alone in offering “literacy clinics” for struggling students. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fiona Ó Murchú, a secondary teacher in Co Louth, regularly ploughs through students’ essays. The results are not pretty. There are the forest-style(...)

Political pedigree: Ivan Yates and his fellow Newstalk Breakfast anchor Chris Donoghue

Whenever Enda Kenny does go to the country, it can’t come soon enough for Ivan Yates. The former Fine Gael minister and current cohost of Breakfast (N(...)

Fianna Fáil enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary told the Ibec business debate political parties are not debating the serious effects a Brexit could have on Ireland.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Irish political system is not adequately debating the potential consequences of a British exit from the European Union, an election debate for bus(...)

Danny McCoy, CEO IBEC attending The Irish Times Budget Breakfast, at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About the only thing the various political parties appear to agree on ahead of the yet-to-be-called general election is the need to address the issue (...)

Speaking in advance of a general election business debate, which Ibec and The Irish Times are hosting on Thursday morning, Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the scramble to narrow the tax base by dramatically cutting or abolishing the USC is “a race to repeat past mistakes”.

Any cuts to the Universal Social Charge (USC) will leave Ireland “vulnerable and exposed” to future economic shocks, employers’ group Ibec has warned.(...)

Last month, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly issued Planning Guidelines on Design Standards for New Apartments that reduced the minimum size of apartments that could be built in Dublin and elsewhere. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Property industry representatives and planners have said they urged the Department of the Environment to test new rules on apartment sizes six months (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was the most frequently lobbied Minister on the alcohol issue. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government Ministers and their officials were lobbied on alcohol-related issues more than 40 times in a three-month period, an analysis of the new re(...)