Saoirse McHugh: she has a big personality, but a victory would still be a big deal. Photograph: Andrew Hamilton

In every election, there are surprises. Remember Moosajee Bhamjee, a psychiatrist who won a seat in Labour “Spring Tide” in 1992 in Clare? Saoirse Mc(...)

Pádraig Ó Céidigh,  owner of Connemara Airport and Aer Arann. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State is to buy Connemara Airport from the entrepreneur and senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh, the Government has decided. The Cabinet meeting on Tuesday(...)

Aer Arann was established in 1970. Photograph: Aer Arann

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has appointed air transport consultants in an effort to ensure the continuity of flights between(...)

The end of the long-drawn-out wrangle at the Oireachtas committee on the future of water services has come as a relief. Whether the majority report fr(...)

Image from a Right2Water marchin  Dublin. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has insisted he will not legislate to implement the recommendations of Oireachtas committee on water if they are le(...)