A fracking facility in Preston:  Ireland  will join four other EU member states – Scotland, France, Germany and Bulgaria – and regions of a number of countries in banning  fracking on land on land. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Ireland has moved a step closer to banning onshore hydraulic fracturing after the Dáil passed a Fine Gael private member’s Bill, one of the first to p(...)

The site of the mass grave for children who died in  Tuam. What happened “is just so horrific, so terrible and such a shame on Ireland”, said Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Reflecting on the oppressive Ireland of mother and baby homes makes it easy to understand how Adolf Hitler was able to do what he did, the Dáil has he(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea  accused the Citizen Information Board of failing to consult with either the staff or the clients of Mabs on its proposed restructuring. Photograph: Eric Luke

Staff at the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) are “horrified” at proposals to reorganise the service, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Fia(...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh who has held the role since 2001 was recently reappointed despite considerably outlasting the seven-year term recommended by the Government. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The chairman of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has apologised for the process by which it lengthened the term of its chief executive in defiance of Govern(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: said capital contribution agreed by the Government for Irish Water this year was €184 million. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Raw sewage is being pumped into Cork harbour by 50,000 households, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney told the Dáil. That represented about 35,000 whe(...)

File photograph of a Horse Racing Ireland event in Dublin. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has refused to be drawn on the controversial re-appointment of Brian Kavanagh as chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has refused to be drawn on the controversial re-appointment of Brian Kavanagh as chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). (...)

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan’s  Bill that proposed to ban hare coursing in Ireland was defeated by 164 to 20 votes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two Sinn Féin TDs face a short-term suspension for defying the party’s instructions on a Bill banning hare coursing. The party had issued an instruc(...)

Adrian Kelly from Cloone, Co Leitrim, passing a former shop (left) and a house which are both surrounded by forestry. “How can you live with trees coming up to your door?” Photograph: Brian Farrell

A late-night text recently summoned farmers to a protest in Aughnasheelin, near Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. The next morning, at 7.30am, they began to qu(...)

Sinn Fein TD Martin Kenny is to meet with the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) on Tueday afternoon. Photograph: Collins

Sinn Fein TD Martin Kenny has claimed the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission have told him they cannot investigate his allegations of Garda malpracti(...)

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny is to meet the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission  to discuss allegations of Garda malpractice. File photograph: Collins Photos

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny is to meet the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) to discuss allegations of Garda malpractice. Mr Kenny outlined a (...)