The Great Island Power Station, Wexford. Key interconnector,  the “Celtic Interconnector” will link Great Island in Wexford with La Martyre in France.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Electricity interconnectors linking Ireland to France and Britain, as well as two North-South interconnectors, are included in a list of “key” ener(...)

Creevy pier in Donegal Bay:  about one in five businesses in Donegal is related to tourism. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

At least €125 million of the €250 million total the Government proposes spending on tourism should be ringfenced for the west of Ireland, a leading i(...)

Beyond the bonhomie, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron hope to leverage their close relationship to their mutual advantage as Britain seeks to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

As they sat down amid the sumptuous elegance of Downing Street’s White Room on Monday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron w(...)

‘A 2012 Eurobarometer survey found 40 per cent of Irish people were able to hold a conversation in at least one foreign language, compared to an EU average of 54 per cent.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland fares badly in international comparisons of plurilingualism – an individual’s ability to speak at least two languages in addition to her mothe(...)

From next autumn, fathers will have the option to apply for two weeks’ paid paternity leave following the birth of their child. The new provision was (...)

The acquisition  of Arnotts  is a major signal of confidence in the Irish economic recovery story from one of the world’s most professional retailers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The acquisition by Selfridges of Arnotts on Monday might have been well flagged but it nonetheless represented a major shot in the arm for the retail (...)

Gary McGann, chairman of Paddy Power: ‘It’s people, the talent you left embedded, that’s what matters most.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gary McGann strolls around the president’s room at the RDS, pointing to familiar faces from decades-old photographs on the walls. “Ah, I know him t(...)

Public sector workers protesting about pay cuts in 2009. The latest Fempi bill will start to reverse the cuts. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

Every budget is usually followed by two key pieces of legislation that implement it. The Social Welfare Bill will introduce key improvements that take(...)

Fergal O’Brien, senior economist with Ibec. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ibec says the Republic will be €20 billion richer by the end of this year. The employers’ group is to publish a Quarterly Economic Outlook today predi(...)

Students at St Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, protesting in 2014 about pylons in the Comeragh region. Photograph: Alan Betson

Grid Link is the biggest and most expensive of three projects EirGrid announced in early 2013. Running 230km from Knockraha in Cork, through Wexford, (...)