Another glitch hit the National Lottery this week after a customer in Carlow bought four Quick Pick tickets each of which contained exactly the same six numbers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times.

Another glitch hit the National Lottery this week after a customer in Carlow bought four Quick Pick tickets each of which contained exactly the same s(...)

A locator map showing Tinode, Blessington, in Co Wicklow where a court has ordered the demolition of a wooden chalet. Image: Google maps

An order for demolition of the wooden chalet home of a young family in Blessington, Co Wicklow built in “gross” breach of planning laws has been grant(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said he expected the talks to conclude within weeks. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

The Government and International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) remain divided over a key issue in the talks over a possible sale of Aer Lingus, b(...)

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry has called former Taoiseach Brian Cowen to give evidence to the committee. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry has called former Taoiseach Brian Cowen to give evidence to the committee as part of the next phase of its hearings.Mr (...)

An abuse of Dáil privilege

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald is in the headlines again. It is a position she deliberately sought and is happy to maintain. It distracts (...)

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash. The chairman of the Low Pay Commission has told an Oireachtas committee that the commission will make its first report to Mr Nash by July 15th. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A total of 46 submissions have been received by the Low Pay Commission, which is to advise the Government on the appropriate rate for the national min(...)

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe said this week that he would write to Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett recommending a motion of censure against Mary Lou McDonald. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:39

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she stands over her decision to use Dáil privilege to name former politicians who were accused of h(...)

Working group chairman Maurice Manning: “Rather than set aside a specific number of seats for emigrants and the North, we though it better to allow all citizens to vote on the same basis.” Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Allowing all Irish citizens to vote in Seanad elections is an essential component of political reform, Maurice Manning, the chairman of a working g(...)

The Dáil bars saw profits increase by more than 10 per cent last year, despite declining revenues. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Profits at the Dáil Éireann bars rose by more than 10 per cent from €104,129 to €115,466 last year. However, the profits were not a result of TDs and (...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)