Michael Ring

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The 2016 census found that 399,815 people in Ireland lived alone. Image: iStock.

A move by British prime minister Theresa May to appoint a dedicated minister for loneliness has been described by a Fianna Fáil Senator as an “absolut(...)

Ministers will be asked, among other things, to reinforce our message on Brexit, Northern Ireland and the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 30 Ministers, the Attorney General and chairperson of the Dáil and Seanad will travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day. Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes Leaders’ Questions as the Dáil returns after its Christmas break

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin clashed over responsibility for the number of people waiting on trolleys in emergency dep(...)

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring who will answer parliamentary questions for the first time on Tuesday following his appointment seven months ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Ring will take his first question time as Minister for Rural and Community Development this afternoon when the Dáil returns after the Christma(...)

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(...)

Moorehall House and Estate has just been acquired by Mayo County Council.

Mayo County Council has acquired Moorehall House and Estate from Coillte. The site is the ancestral home of president of the Republic of Connacht Jo(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he believed there was a necessity for change and he wanted to be the Minister to put this to a referendum. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Twelve Cabinet Ministers have declined to state their position on the Oireachtas committee’s recommendations on the Eighth Amendment. The committee p(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: politicians made a “real and enduring mistake” by allowing the Eighth Amendment to be inserted into the Constitution. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Six Cabinet Ministers have indicated their support for the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment’s recommendation to remove article 40.3.3 from(...)

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: When in doubt, just forget. Photograph: Tom Honan

At the very outset – and let me be absolutely clear about this – I had no hand, act or part in the erection of last week’s column. I did not commissi(...)

View from Ballycroy, Erris, Co Mayo: New Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan said the expansion addressed a long-standing strategy to “align key environmental assets”. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Wilderness is something Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring knows a bit about after 23 years in politics. However, the relative(...)

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