Michael Ring

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Minister for Agriculture  Michael Creed, Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring are pictured in Westport, Co Mayo at the announcement of a rural regeneration plan. Photograph: Maxwell Photography.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there “isn’t a pot of money” from Europe to develop transport projects and that roads have been prioritised over rail (...)

Michael Ring, 84,  and his granddaughter Emma Price.

An 84-year-old Cork-born pensioner who kept a billiard cue by his bed rammed it into the face of one intruder and used it to fend off another, a court(...)

Judy and Kim Doran, from Crumlin, with Nugget, a rescue dog from the DSPCA, enjoy the warm weather on Sandymount Strand. Photograph:  Garrett White

Dublin Zoo is preparing showers to keep its herd of elephants cool, while bakers have increased the production of burger buns as the country prepares (...)

Readers already make 17 million visits annually and borrow 18 million books, DVDs and journals. Photograph: David Sleator

The public will be able to use most libraries seven days a week from between 8am and 10pm under new plans to double the number of visitors over the ne(...)

A six-year-old girl was admitted to hospital last month with cryptosporidium and e-coli. Photograph: Getty Images

Beaches may be closed by landowners along the southern shores of Clew Bay’s Wild Atlantic Way in a row over the quality of drinking water in the area.(...)

Outgoing HSE Director General Tony O’ Brien

The director general of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Tony O’Brien is resigning as the cervical cancer scandal continues. In a statement release(...)

Leo Varadkar expressed his concern at the weekly meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party on Wednesday night.  File photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is disappointed about leaks to the media on Cabinet discussions. Mr Varadkar expressed his concern at the weekly m(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally will lead the inquiry into delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer. “If I find serious problems, I will certainly be pointing to those serious problems,” he says.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government is divided over the future of the director general of the Health Service Executive, Tony O’Brien. Three Cabinet Ministers – Katherine(...)

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien: Minister for Health Simon Harris told his colleagues that, operationally, he believes it is best for O’Brien to see out his term to deal with the ongoing fallout from the CervicalCheck scandal. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nobody is willing to express confidence in Tony O’Brien, but most are willing to allow him see out his term as director-general of the HSE until it ef(...)

 Dr Gabriel Scally, president of the epidemiology and public health section of the Royal Society of Medicine who will carry out a scoping enquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The chair of the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy has insisted his investigation will be as comprehensive and frank as possible. Hi(...)

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