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  Minister for Planning Eoghan Murphy said the Office of the Planning Regulator would also be enabled to consider complaints from members of the public. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An independent regulator to oversee planning will be established later this year, Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy has said. He told the (...)

Shannon Airport had almost twice (195 per cent) the average monthly rainfall in January. Photograph: iStock

It was wetter than usual in January with the west of Ireland experiencing some heavy rainfall while Dublin Airport experienced its wettest hour in alm(...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

The Apple logo, pictured at its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. The Taoiseach will discuss its proposed Athenry data centre with the company in Silicon Valley on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar / Reuters.

The Taoiseach is expected to meet Apple chief executive Tim Cook in California today amid concerns about Apple’s commitment to the €850 million data c(...)

Irish Water: the EPA criticises persistent delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Water has come in for sustained criticism in the latest Environmental Protection Agency report on urban waste-water treatment. The report criti(...)

The Westbury Hotel in Dublin, part of the Doyle Collection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Doyle Collection hotel chain increased its turnover last year by €2 million in spite of the impact of weaker sterling and dollar translations on i(...)

An aerial view of the Apple data centre site at Athenry, Co Galway, that got the go-ahead recently after the Commercial Court backed An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission to build the €850 million facility.

IDA Ireland may seek advance planning permission for future data centres to avoid disputes like the one that delayed Apple’s proposal for Athenry, Co (...)

 Horses  at the site  near Athenry in Co Galway  where Apple plans to build  a data centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland could lose out on jobs from multinational companies because of delays in planning permission for the proposed Apple data centre in Athenry, Co(...)

Enda Kenny said it was up to the all-party special committee to consider the recommendation of an expert commission that most households should not pay water charges. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has side-stepped the issue of whether members of the public should be refunded for the payment of water charges, deferring the ma(...)

 Horses pictured on  the site in Derrydonnell near Athenry,  Co Galway where Apple plans to  build a European data centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sara Walls runs the Gúna Geal ladies’ clothes shop in Athenry, Co Galway. It opened in 2009, just as the economy was starting to bend like a reed in (...)

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