The chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said   most committees were finding it very difficult to achieve a quorum. File photograph: The Irish Times

Poor attendance at Oireachtas committee meetings is forcing chairmen or women to “grab a TD or Senator” from another committee so as to start a meetin(...)

Members of the Royal Netherlands Air Force carry the coffin of  Major Jan Linzel on Thursday in Glengarriff, Co Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney /Provision

Members of the Royal Netherlands Air Force gathered in a quiet country graveyard in West Cork on Thursday to honour one of the last of their famous Ma(...)

Former FAI CEO John Delaney pictured this week after a meeting with the board of the FAI. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The bunting will be out next Saturday in Castleisland for the official opening of the much-anticipated Georgie O’Callaghan Park. But will John Delane(...)

Mick Wallace: The TD’s new clothes

The Ceann Comhairle, brave man, hosted members of the Leinster House press gallery to dinner in the Members’ Restaurant on Thursday night to mark 100 (...)

 Crowds at the statue of the Virgin Mary  at Ballinspittle, Co Cork in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

A line from Philip Larkin was on my mind while working on this project. Not the famous reference to his parents, but an aside about beginnin(...)

The final result indicated that       27,194 voters said Yes and 18,054 voted No. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Yes campaign had a resounding victory in the previously conservative constituency of Cork North West where just 40 per cent of voters registered a(...)

More than 6,000 homeowners have availed of the Help to Buy scheme to date. Photograph: Alan Betson

Homeowners at the heart of a Revenue audit into potential abuses of the Help to Buy scheme had exchanged contracts before the tax relief scheme opened(...)

Fine Gael has recruited Cllr John Paul O’Shea with a view to having him as a running mate for Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

Fine Gael has moved to try and win back a seat in the Cork North West constituency by recruiting Cllr John Paul O’Shea with a view to having him as a (...)

Independent councillor John Paul O’Shea declined to comment but sources close to him confirmed approaches have been made.

Fine Gael strategists are hoping to recruit poll topping former Mayor of Cork County, Independent Cllr John Paul O’Shea to stand as a running mate for(...)

Dáil Éireann: One senior Government TD believes that in the current arrangement “the Government has conceded parliament to the Opposition”

The Dáil returns on Tuesday to the largest in-tray in its history, and not just on national controversies such as abortion, the Garda and the Departme(...)

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