Roscommon County  Council paid €92,500 to three debt collection  agencies in 2014, far more than any other local authority.

Roscommon County Council spent more on third-party debt collection agencies than any other local authority last year, according to new figures. Resear(...)

The Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin City Council

Following last year’s local elections, Sinn Féin was the largest party on the city council, with 16 of the 63 seats. They had a healthy margin ahead o(...)

Clerys department store on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin city councillors have voted to prevent Clerys department store from being used for offices or a hotel. Clerys was sold by Boston-based Gordon (...)

Labour Party leader Joan Burton. Separate opinion polls have suggested a fall in support for her party.

Labour Party support has shown a decline in separate political opinion polls published on Sunday. According to a Millward Brown poll for the Sunday I(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming: “It is introducing a series of amendments at the latest possible stage in the Dáil to a Bill that has nothing to do with water charges”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has been accused of trying to ram through “draconian laws forcing people to pay their water charges”. Minister for the Environme(...)

Joan Burton: “My priority is to ensure that as a society we arrive at a situation in which lone parents have the same opportunities as everyone else to access employment, training and education’’

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she would examine the supports available to all families with children in advance of the October bud(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin. A Fianna Fáil spokesman said all of its fundraising for 2014 came under the €1,500 limit, above which donations must be publicly declared.

Fianna Fáil was the only major political party not to receive a donation last year above the €1,500 threshold which requires such contributions to be (...)

Michael Noonan: “My great regret that Greece, which was on the cusp of recovery at the start of 2015, has now gone back into recession”

Political Correspondent Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the time frame for preventing a Greek default has become “incredibly tight”, with(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

Stalls outside the Plunket building on Moore Street in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:44

Dublin city councillors have voted to protect five more buildings on Moore Street associated with the Easter Rising for their national historical impo(...)