Paddy Tully (centre flat cap) keeps an eye on the prices at the mart in Granard, Co Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

It is at sleepy crossroads such as Ballinalee that Leo Varadkar faces some of his toughest challenges. Situated between Granard and Longford town, th(...)

 Climate change protesters demonstrated outside Leinster House in Dublin earlier this week.   Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Opposition politicians have been accused of trying to frustrate Government plans to address climate change at a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary(...)

Tony McLoughlin: “I have been raising this every week with the Minister and the OPW, and, indeed, before that with the previous minister Frances Fitzgerald”

Over a year after rank-and-file gardaí in Sligo walked out of their station in protest at conditions there, the Minister for Justice has admitted to l(...)

In 2015, John Perry, then a TD, took a High Court challenge after failing to gain a spot on the ticket. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former TD Gerry Reynolds and Sligo-based solicitor Sinead Maguire have been selected as the Fine Gael candidates for the next general election, in the(...)

Forget him not: John Perry of Fine Gael. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former Fine Gael minister of state John Perry will attempt to make his political comeback this week as he contests what is certain to be one of the mo(...)

Brothers Fergal and Kevin Quinn, co founders of Hen and Stag Sligo: the business brings €4 million to the town, says Bloomberg. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Even as they were polishing the boardroom table in Sligo’s Institute of Technology in preparation for today’s much anticipated Cabinet meeting, news b(...)

The Joint Committee on the future of Mental Health Care heard children with mental health difficulties and eating disorders are facing long waits for an appointment with a psychologist in some areas. Photograph: Getty images

Children with mental health difficulties and eating disorders are waiting for more than 15 months for psychology appointments in some areas, an Oireac(...)

The anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after a Bill was passed at the Dáil banning the practice in the State. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The passing of a Bill to ban onshore fracking means the State joins just a handful of countries globally which prohibit extraction of natural gas from(...)

A fracking facility in Preston:  Ireland  will join four other EU member states – Scotland, France, Germany and Bulgaria – and regions of a number of countries in banning  fracking on land on land. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Ireland has moved a step closer to banning onshore hydraulic fracturing after the Dáil passed a Fine Gael private member’s Bill, one of the first to p(...)

Mr Coveney says he still believes he can challenge for the leadership, despite securing the support of only about 20 of the 73 members of the parliamentary party. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has claimed a number of Fine Gael TDs initially pledged their allegiance to him but later switched to Leo Varadkar (...)

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