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  Ecocem’s plan to build a €45 million mill in the US has ground to a halt after its partner in the project withdrew. Photograph:  David Sleator

Irish cement maker Ecocem’s plan to build a €45 million mill in the United States has ground to a halt after its partner in the project withdrew. Eco(...)

With five locations in Dublin failing to meet minimum standards –  Portrane, Rush South, Loughshinny, Merrion Strand and Sandymount Strand (above) – Dublin’s bathing waters were worse than in 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin is being promoted on the basis of its “wonderful natural environment”, but the reality is raw sewage continues to be discharged into many bathi(...)

Boats moored at Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We’re getting a new Way, are we? Apparently. Fáilte Ireland wants help to create a brand new brand for the midlands, to follow the success of the Wil(...)

Lough Derg near Killaloe, Co Clare. Fáilte Ireland plans to build a brand for the midlands similar to that of the Wild Atlantic Way. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fáilte Ireland has advertised for consultants to help the organisation build a brand for the midlands to emulate the success of the Wild Atlantic Way (...)

Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle launching the Viking Voyage water ride. The Co Meath theme park has been a big hit since opening in 2010, emphasising that if you build attractions visitors will come. Photograph:  Photocall Ireland

With the budget just four days away, the tourism industry is collectively camped beneath a picture of the Sacred Heart praying that its 9 per cent VAT(...)

Great outdoors: time spent outdoors improves energy, mood and mental health. Outdoor activity has been linked to lower fatigue, tension and depression.

There is something magical about fresh air. No matter what life throws at you, a brisk walk, a paddle in the sea or even a sit-down on a park bench c(...)

The National Gallery of Ireland (above left) and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin (above right) top visitor attractions in Ireland, according to rankings compiled by Fáilte Ireland. File photographs: The Irish Times

The National Gallery and the Guinness Storehouse remain the top free and fee-paying attractions in Ireland, figures show. Last year, almost 1.5 milli(...)

Fáilte Ireland’s new food champions (front row, l to r) Jacinta Dalton, Gabriel Faherty, Olivia Duff, Ketty Elisabeth, Garrett Fitzgerald, Chris Molloy, Ruth Healy and Brid Torrades. (Back row, l to r)  Kevin Ahern, Seáneen Sullivan, Claire Dalton, Tom Flavin, Judith Boyle, Ivan Varian, Aine Maguire, Pádraic Óg Gallagher, Patrick Ryan, John Relihan, Anthony O’Toole and Niall Sabongi. Photograph: Pat Moore

Getting visitors to Ireland to “stop more, spend more and stay longer” is at the heart of a Fáilte Ireland food tourism initiative led by 16 newly app(...)

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said: “Meetings have taken place between the Department, local authorities in the midlands and Waterways Ireland about a Blueway concept,” he said. File photograph: BluewaysIreland.org

A new initiative to promote tourism in the midlands is being prepared by the Government, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said on (...)

The former Findlater House office block on O’Connell Street is being converted into a 198-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel. It was bought in 2013 for €6.2m by the London-based Seraphine Hotel Group. The 1970s building was previously sold to developer Garret Kelleher in 2005 for more than €30m. Anglo Irish Bank provided funding, and the loan was subsequently transferred to Nama. Eircom occupied the block for many years. photograph: aidan crawley

It’s shaping up to be a record year for tourism, as the Central Statistics Office released visitor numbers for the first nine months showing an increa(...)

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