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A Department of Agriculture backlog in applications for forestry licences, needed to fell or plant trees, and to build roads to transport logs, is squeezing supplies of timber needed for home building.

Prices for basic timber products have risen more than 60 per cent on the back of a crisis in supplies, Independent TD Michael McNamara claims. A Dep(...)

Tom Meaney and Lynn Connolly entertain guests at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co Clare in 2017.  The Shannon group confirmed that the employment rights of all of Shannon Heritage’s 200 employees will  be fully protected in the transfer. File photograph: Alan Place

The Shannon Group is to transfer the ownership of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to Clare County Council. The move is part of a wider transfer where t(...)

Lufthansa Technik has been in talks on a possible sale with Atlantic Aviation Group.

Aircraft maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik could decide on a sale of its Shannon Airport business to local player Atlantic Aviation Group or an(...)

An application for  the royal sites of ancient Ireland will include the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Five heritage landscapes and sites are expected to apply for inclusion on Ireland’s tentative list of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultu(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Up to 15,000 businesses could re-open and 200,000 people could get their jobs back in May with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Tánaiste Leo Varad(...)

Moneypoint power plant in Co Clare. File photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The ESB is to announce on Friday that Moneypoint power station is to become a major base for renewable energy, in a plan that sees the building of a m(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Government aimed to be at the ‘latter end of the vaccination programme’ in July and August. File photograph: iStock

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said a website allowing people to register for a Covid-19 vaccine will available from the third week in April. Mr Martin(...)

Thomas Byrne, TD for Meath East, was disgusted. It’s bad enough to be compared to Cromwell in Dáil Éireann, but to make such an accusation to “someone born and reared in Drogheda” is particularly “outrageous”, he howled. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Unfortunately the Dáil sat on Wednesday, forcing political observers to drag themselves away from Eat Yer Greens, the political soap opera providing e(...)

Independent TD Michael McNamara  said rights could be restricted on the basis of public health ‘but those restrictions have to be proportionate and necessary’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach and the Government were compared to Oliver Cromwell in a Dáil row over Covid-19 restrictions, closure of churches and claims that Irelan(...)

Monitoring what the Government does is supposed to be one of the main jobs of the Oireachtas. Photograph: iStock

Most anti-lockdown sentiment is driven by ignorance, conspiracy theories or the politics of the far right. The problem is that it is given undeserved (...)

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