New figures released by Clare County Council (Ennis HQ above) in response to a Freedom of Information request show  the local authority has spent €13,099 on a 7m “bespoke” table featuring the council coat of arms, and €17,994 on  chairs. FIle photograph: Google Street View

A €51,562 spend by a local authority on revamping its main meeting room – including an outlay of €31,093 on a “bespoke” table and 22 chairs – has been(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media outside St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Opposition politicians have criticised Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for showing poor judgment in passing on Donald Trump’s concerns about a proposed wind fa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walks down a street in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York, the latest stop on his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fáilte Ireland raised concerns about a wind farm opposed by Donald Trump six months after the then minister for tourism Leo Varadkar passed on the bil(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted by US vice-president Mike Pence and wife Karen at a breakfast event in Washington. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gate fever had broken out by the time the Tour de Taoiseach hit New York. This was nothing to do with the end being in sight for the travelling part(...)

Doonbeg, Co Clare: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had called the Clare County Council when he was minister for tourism after Donald Trump complained about plans to build a wind farm near his  golf resort

The wind farm developer behind the Clare project that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar raised a query about after being contacted by Donald Trump has said he ma(...)

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar shakes hands with US president Donald  Trump during the Shamrock Bowl Presentation at the White House in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

The reaction to the Taoiseach’s comments about contacting a council over a proposed windfarm near Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf course has been “complet(...)

Doonbeg golf course and hotel in Co Clare: Leo Varadkar has come under fire after saying he made  inquiries about a wind farm close to Donald Trump’s golf course. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The businessman behind a failed plan to build a wind farm near Donald Trump’s Co Clare golf resort has said he is disappointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (...)

US president Donald Trump, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and others walk down the House of Representative steps after the Friends of Ireland luncheon on Capitol Hill.   Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been strongly criticised by the Opposition for his comments on US president Donald Trump’s Doonbeg resort. Some Fine Gael (...)

435-million-year-old fossil starfish: the Crepidosoma doyleii brittlestar measures about 15mm across

A 435-million-year-old fossil discovered in Connemara by an Irish geologist has been confirmed as a new species and the oldest of its type in Ireland.(...)

A column of grass bales erected to prevent erosion, near Donald Trump’s Doonbeg resort, in Co Clare. File photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/The New York Times

A planning activist and serial objector has sought to put the brakes on plans for the construction of a 38,000-tonne rock barrier at US president Dona(...)

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