President Michael D Higgins visits the under 40 horse plough competition on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Isn’t it sweet the way Michael D Higgins goes all coy and bashful when asked if he fancies a second term as President? On Tuesday at the Ploughing Ch(...)

Farms and houses along the River Shannon were badly affected by floods last winter. Photograph: Alan Betson

The announcement that the river Shannon will be dredged to curb future flooding, has been welcomed by many communities living near its banks. One su(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  before the budget announcement yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland: the best small country in the world in which to leak budgets. They don’t do suspense in this Government. No spoiler alerts necessary with Mic(...)