The 6000-seat venue will be built on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork city centre. File photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the €80 million, 6,000-seat event centre on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery i(...)

Reforming the Seanad does pose difficulties, whatever is proposed, and it is doubtful if serious reform can be undertaken without another referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson

The closure of nominations from vocational bodies and the university panels for the forthcoming Seanad election has focused attention once more on the(...)

A dog awaits its master outside a polling station in Drumcondra: Many chose not to spend their Saturday evenings travelling to the local school or community centre to vote.   Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Voter turnout appears to be down on what was the first general election held on a Saturday in the history of the State. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called(...)

Pat Mahon (83), a regular at Guiry’s Bar in Foxford, Co Mayo. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

In the small town of Foxford, Co Mayo, the regulars sitting around the Guinness tap in Guiry’s Bar have all heard the joke before, but it doesn’t stop(...)

At Tuam the fifth interim report found that scientific analysis on underground chambers  'suggests that at least some of the chambers in which human remains were found were at some stage used to receive sewage'.

Publication of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation’s final report could be delayed due to its exceptional length The document is on(...)


The Taoiseach is enjoying some rare time off over Christmas and this year promises to be a particularly special one for Leo Varadkar and his family. (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry/PA Wire

The sudden rush to resurrect Stormont is partly driven by the end of the DUP’s influence at Westminster, leaving behind an unaddressed question: why s(...)

Chancellor-elect of Trinity College Dublin, former president Prof Mary McAleese, with husband, Chancellor of Dublin City University Dr Martin McAleese, who both attended Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Former president Mary McAleese has called for the abandonment of old thinking about a united Ireland at an event in Dublin. “We really, really have t(...)

The report found that while Brexit poses  challenges for both exports and imports, “there are significant opportunities for substitution of UK goods by those produced in either Ireland or Germany”.   Photograph: Getty Images

Irish exports could replace up to 55 per cent of UK products imported by Germany after a hard Brexit, a study has found. The research, which was cond(...)

Filings on the lobbying register show Facebook still engages closely with the Government, including meetings with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. File photograph: Reuters

As regulators on both sides of the Atlantic ominously circle Facebook, the Government here would be wise to not repeat past mistakes by allowing Irela(...)

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