Dublin Bus vehicles parked  in Conyngham Road garage in Dublin.  The trade union Siptu is to ballot Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann driver members for industrial action, in protest at National Transport Authority plans. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Introducing tendering for some bus routes traditionally operated by State companies has the potential to save taxpayers’ money, according to the Minis(...)

Under  current privatisation plans, orbital routes in Dublin rather than city centre services, such as those between Blackrock and Rialto, and Chapelizod and the Square shopping centre in Tallaght, will be put out to tender. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The prospect of industrial action in the State-run transport sector has increased following the collapse of talks over the potential privatisation of(...)

Waterford’s Shane Fives clears from  Galway’s Joe Canning and Niall Healy. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Waterford 0-20 Galway 0-12 Any team that plays an overtly defensive game and still comfortably outscores their opposition must be doing something rig(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

George Coetzee of South Africa hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Trophee Hassan II Golf at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

George Coetzee and Tommy Fleetwood remained in contention to secure a place in the Masters as Andy Sullivan, Alexander Levy, Marcel Siem and Ross Fish(...)

Auctioneers Bonhams said a rare first edition of  The Sceptical Chymist by Robert Boyle (above), published in London in 1661, had sold for £362,500 (€492,192).

A 17th century book by the Co Waterford-born scientist Robert Boyle has sold at auction in London for almost half a million euro – and established a n(...)

It’s hard to say what is most immediately striking about Aysgarth. There’s its size – a vast 400sq ft (4,300sq m), then the extensive lawns wrappin(...)

Paul Murphy TD said Minister Alan Kelly was “swaggering around the place like Nelson from the Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money’’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Legislation dealing with a refusal to pay water charges will be published shortly after Easter, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Minister for t(...)

Larissa Muldoon, Sophie Spence, Gillian Bourke and Ailis Egan celebrate at the final whistle in Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:25

“Oh sorry! Did I get blood on you?” A smiling Jenny Murphy, with red-stained teeth, remains thoughtful despite euphoric celebrations just moments afte(...)

It’s estimated we flush away 30 per cent of our water, use 13 per cent washing clothes and 7 per cent washing cars. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

With water metering looming, Dublin consumers hastily dropped their consumption of water late last year, and the numbers of people seeking water conse(...)