Leo Varadkar has asked for campaign spending limits to be imposed by Fine Gael, in a move seen as raising the issue of the family wealth of his rival, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Photograph:  Maxwellphotography.ie

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar’s attempts to influence the ground rules of the forthcoming leadership contest in Fine Gael look set to be(...)

BioAtlantis, a Tralee-based indigenous company, was granted a licence to harvest 753 hectares  of kelp (above). File photograph: Getty Images

A Government department published a single advertisement in a local paper and one flyer in the local Garda station to notify the West Cork public of a(...)

Simon Harris’s support is seen as a significant boost for the Coveney campaign, as he is the first senior Minister to align himself with a candidate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Health Simon Harris has become a key figure in the Fine Gael leadership campaign for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Mr Harris has (...)

A view of  Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some towns are beating out-of-town shopping centres thanks to a system of ‘health checks’, a conference will be told today. The annual conference of (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks at a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Naval Observatory  in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2017.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Nothing illustrates the absurd and tortured way we do electoral reform in this country like Enda Kenny’s purported announcement last weekend that emig(...)

The chief executive of the Government’s Housing Agency, John O’Connor,  said some of the 198,000 homes listed by the CSO as vacant could be between tenancies or under renovation. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Owners of empty commercial buildings will be able to convert their properties into apartments without seeking planning permission under new regulation(...)

Enda Kenny at the  All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit: sources close to him believe he will stand down. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney left the Dáil chamber for a private meeting on Wednesday night as a debate on the Government’s confidence motion contin(...)

The Republic has just over 2 million dwelling units for a population of 4.75 million, translating to exactly one unit for every 2.35 people. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of vacant homes in Ireland is at twice the level of a normal functioning marketplace, a conference heard on Tuesday. Today, the country ha(...)

Private finance houses will be able to bulk-buy the mortgages of struggling families and lease the properties back to the State, under a new plan to b(...)

 Severe  cracking  cause by pyrite: Only the worst affected homeowners can qualify for the Government’s remediation scheme, according to the Pyrite Equality Group. Photograph: Frank Miller

Campaign group has expressed a lack of confidence in the Government’s scheme to help property owners whose homes have been affected by pyrite. Pyri(...)