Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. In his Dáil statement he  said he was formally recognising Travellers “as a distinct ethnic group within the Irish nation”

The “statement of recognition of Traveller ethnicity” made in the Dáil last March by former taoiseach Enda Kenny has no legal effect, a High Court jud(...)

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, in whose area 10 members of one Traveller family died in a fire on an unauthorised site in October 2015, had the largest draw-down, spending €1.95 million on Traveller accommodation since January 2016 – just over the €1.92 it was allocated. It was the only local authority to overspend on Traveller accommodation. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost half the money allocated to local authorities for Traveller accommodation over the past two years has not been spent, figures from the Departme(...)

Shannon sought independence from Dublin Airport’s operator, DAA, because it believed it could do better if it were in control of its own destiny. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Government aviation policy is coming under fire from Shannon Group, the State company responsible for the mid-western airport, aviation cluster and ot(...)

Fianna Fáil Cllr Alan  O’Callaghan, a member of Clare County Council, was fined €750 and banned from driving for a year.

Gordon Deegan A judge has accused a Fianna Fáil councillor of telling “a pack of lies” and wriggling “like a worm at the end of a hook” after he cla(...)

Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack points to the eye of the Ophelia storm during a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Met Éireann has extended a red level wind warning to the whole country as Ireland braces itself for the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia, ahead of what is(...)

The LPT automatically returns to the base rate each year and the current regime is based on house valuations from May 2013. Photograph: Getty

The majority of local authorities have voted to keep the level of local property tax at the same rate for the coming year. Only a small number of cou(...)

13.8 per cent of the data transferred during Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann was used by Snapchat. Photograph: iStock

Sarah Burns Snapchat was the most used social media channel in terms of data transfer amongst Wi-Fi users during the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in En(...)

Swimming in the Atlantic. A prohibition on swimming was issued for Kilkee beach last December following an emergency discharge which contained elements of waste water. Photograph: Getty Images

Water-quality tests have been carried out at Kilkee beach in Co Clare due to fears of elevated levels of bacteria following heavy rainfall at the week(...)

Shannon Airport: A spokesperson for the airport said it “does not comment on security matters”

Shannon Airport is a soft touch for terrorists, according to a Limerick councillor who used to work at the airport X-raying luggage. Cllr Paul Keller(...)

Carmel O’Brien , co-ordinator of the Kilmaley Meitheal Spring Clean, with  roadside dumping in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Carmel O’Brien lives in the village of Kilmaley, about 10km west of Ennis in Co Clare. It is an area of pleasant, rolling countryside, blanketed with(...)

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