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Judge Michael O’Shea imposed a suspended sentence of two years.

A man who deliberately drove his Fiesta car into a wall at 20kph later told an insurance company that a water main had burst under the vehicle throwin(...)

Already, the development proposals set out by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his government  have been condemned as an assault on small towns and rural Ireland, while favouring the growth of Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has attempted to steer future economic development by folding details of its 10-year National Development Plan into a 20-year National (...)

In a Word . . . Perfect

It is not possible to improve on perfection. So I remind myself every morning while shaving. In foolish youth I decided it might be worth a try and gr(...)

The new National Development Plan plots a significant change both in the amount of State investment spending and in where it is allocated. Its startin(...)

(From left) Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring in Sligo where the Government published its Project Ireland 2040 plan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A new extended Metro and significant Dart extension costing a total of €5 billion and to be completed within in a decade, form the key part of the Gov(...)

Project Ireland 2040: a new Metro link is due to run between Swords and Sandyford, in Dublin

Project Ireland 2040 aims to provide balanced regional development, in order to reduce Dublin’s growing economic domination, and to improve the State’(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  Tánaiste Simon Coveney outside Stormont House, in Belfast. Coveney, when he was in the Department of Housing, launched a plan that would lay out how the State wants to manage future population growth out to 2040. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

What is this new plan being announced by the Government? The Government is launching what is calling “Project Ireland 2040” at Institute of Technolog(...)

Cyclists  cross the finish line in the 2017 An Post Rás,  in Skerries, Co Dublin.  File photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The most mountainous Rás Tailteann route in recent years has been unveiled, with this year’s edition of the world-ranked event to feature 34 climbs, i(...)

Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney: has raised his concerns with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, on the exclusion of the Western Rail Corridor from the investment plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government will commit to establishing three elective-only hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin West as part of their national capital plan. Disc(...)

Rows between Government and Opposition in the Dáil and a heated debate at the Fine Gael parliamentary party over its contents have demonstrated the kind of pressures Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will come under before the final draft of the capital plan is unveiled. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It is vital that a realistic appraisal of the country’s needs over the coming decade should underpin the Government’s €115 billion infrastructural inv(...)

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