Michael Ring

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Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Rural post offices are closing because people are not using them, according to the Minister for Rural Development, who said Irish consumers spent €615(...)

Listowel in Co Kerry has been named as Ireland’s tidiest town for 2018. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Listowel in Co Kerry has been named as Ireland’s tidiest town for 2018, the first time it has won the overall prize. The town also claimed the award (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands: ‘I’m not proposing to go to the Phoenix Park next week or the week after and have an election before the budget, not at all.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not intend to call an election despite Fianna Fáil’s rejection of his request for early negotiations on an ext(...)

Sinn Féin TD John Brady said: “Despite all the rhetoric, it speaks volumes that the government, as the largest employer in the State, has such a low level of charging points.” Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Government departments have installed just six electric car chargers to be shared by their 35,000 staff, new figures show. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tá(...)

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

When Pope Francis flew into the west of Ireland on Sunday morning, he may have felt there was a “lot done, more to do”. During his 90 minutes in east(...)

Noel Jennings, fire and security duty officer at Ireland West Airport Knock, pulling weeds beside the statue of Msgr Horan in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

In the small convenience store in the terminal building of Ireland West Airport – Knock to you and me – there’s a modest book section which those inte(...)

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring is to undertake a review of the rural action plan. File Photograph: Eric Luke

The rollout of key sections of the Government’s €1 billion action plan for rural Ireland is being hampered by extra layers of administration which is (...)

COLIN GLEESON People living in urban areas are more likely to face barriers to social inclusion, according to new research published by the Economic (...)

Cork-born Michael Ring (84) with his granddaughter Emma Price.

A judge on Friday told a 85-year-old Irish man living in Luton, London, who took on two burglars with a billiard cue that he wished there were more pe(...)

Cork-born Michael Ring (84) with  his granddaughter Emma Price.

Two men have been convicted of burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to an 84-year-old Irish man living in Luton, England. Michael Ri(...)

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