Denis Desmond, the concert promoter, has described a politically controversial £150,000 (€203,000) payment to one of his companies by the Scottish go(...)

The Scottish government is planning to ban cultivation of all forms of genetically modified crops

I have a sneaking suspicion the world is not round, it is actually flat; not completely flat, mind you, but mostly flat. I know many will object to th(...)

VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben: “The abuse and misuse of cheap alcohol being sold by supermarkets that sell alcohol as a loss leader needs to be urgently tackled, regardless of the measure.”

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has urged Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to push ahead with plans to introduce a ban on below-cost selling(...)

Brian Hayes: “We need lots of contrarian people, with lots of contrarian views, questioning everything we do, because that didn’t happen in the madness years.” Photograph: The Irish Times

More contrarian people “questioning everything we do” are required to criticise our policymaking decisions, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told the MacGill(...)

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: Most Scots favour staying in the EU. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned a British exit from the European Union could lead to another Scottish independence referendum. In (...)

The disputed wind farm projects are the largest planned to date in Europe in close proximity to major seabird colonies

A planned £1.5 billion (€2.1 billion) offshore wind development by Dublin-based Mainstream Renewable Power will be challenged in a Scottish court thi(...)

The possible implications for the Belfast Agreement of a Tory move to repeal the Human Rights Act have set off alarms in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

The prospect of the UK repealing its Human Rights Act hasn’t come out of the blue. It’s a pledge that appeared not once but three times in the Conserv(...)

Dr Sandra Collins and Dr Natalie Harrower of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) who won the overall award for the ‘Inspiring Ireland’ project at the 2014 eGovernment Awards

On his visit to Dublin last week, as reported in The Irish Times, Bank of England governor Mark Carney spoke about fiscal risk-sharing across the euro(...)

 New SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon with former first minister Alex Salmond. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon will be officially sworn in as Scotland’s first minister today. Ms Sturgeon (44) succeeds Alex Salmond who announced he would step (...)

The SNP’s Angela Constance wears a pair of unusual shoes ahead of a statement by first minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh today. Photograph: PA

The Scottish National Party may have lost the recent independence referendum, but at least one member of the party is trying to lift the gloom around (...)