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The cortege makes its way to the church followed by family and friends at the funeral of Eamonn Campbell. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A lone piper playing The Foggy Dew led the cortege into the grounds of St Agnes’s Church in Crumlin, Dublin, for the funeral Mass of musician Eamonn C(...)

The National Transport Authority stresses the handover of 24 bus routes to Go-Ahead isn’t privatisation. The service would remain under NTA control, it would set fares and determine schedules, and the fleet would remain in State control. Photograph: Alan Betson

Talk of the privatisation of Dublin Bus services – and what would happen if any government tried it – is almost as old as the company itself. The Pro(...)

Repairing the water network will mean less funding for health and education, economist Colm McCarthy has said. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has the option of prioritising funding the repair of the water network, but it will mean less money for other issues such as health and(...)

Figures for the first quarter of the year show the fastest rise in house prices since 2007. File photograph: Frank Miller

It’s not a bubble say governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane, the Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and ratings agency Moody’s. It is, say putative(...)

 The avaiation industry is “a proper paddy party” and  Tallaght’s Alan Joyce is on course for a decade at the helm at Qantas. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Ideally, green neckties would be banned. They rarely look good; slime-coloured fashion crimes slithering down the front of their wearers’ shirts. St P(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten warns the Government will collapse if the agreement on public sector pay and pensions fails to hold, the ‘Sunday Independent’ reports. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Public sector pay features on the front of the Sunday broadsheets. The Sunday Times reports unions are planning to make a series of individual pay cla(...)

The Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s new luxury train.  This year the deficit at Iarnród Éireann will be about €11 million, according to a rail review. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s always been a certain romance to rail travel. In the days before jet airlines allowed us to whizz around the world for the price of a decent j(...)

Man-made treasures such as the Great Western Greenway in Mayo pulls scores of walkers and cyclists to the region. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

My Irish tourism road trip comprised six days, 950 miles, 20 counties, 28 interviews, a couple of mild hangovers and one inescapable conclusion: when (...)

Economist Ronan Lyons: the current supply shortage was primarily a function of high construction costs

Plans to help first-time buyers in the budget are likely to increase house prices without making it easier for those struggling to get on the property(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney at Dolphin House, Dublin. The Government has rejected a Fianna Fáil Bill to increase the number of local authority houses sold to tenants under a discounted purchase scheme. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected a Fianna Fáil Bill to increase the number of local authority houses sold to tenants under a discounted purchase scheme. C(...)

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