Martin Heydon

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Budget2020: Ten big spends  that didn’t make the headlines. Photograph: iStock

Income tax relief, increased welfare payments and carbon tax rises were well-flagged prior to the announcement of Budget 2022. However, the year’s big(...)

 At the launch of Sustainable Kildare  were Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon, Kildare Chamber’s  Allan Shine, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Intel’s Lisa Harlow. Photograph: Tony Gavin

Tech giant Intel is backing a new competition among Co Kildare businesses to aid them in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The Leixlip-based microchi(...)

Under the new CAP deal, Irish farmers will increasingly receive payments based on achieving measurable environmental results,  Charlie McConalogue has confirmed. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With increased “green ambition” central to the new EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) package, Irish farmers will increasingly receive payments based(...)

The Dáil heard that during the current restrictions, the Passport Office has issued 40,000 passports, 3,000 of which were in response to urgent requests.

The backlog of 92,000 applications in the passport system will be cleared within six to eight weeks once level 5 restrictions are eased, the Dáil has (...)

Although China is considered a valuable market for future Irish beef exports, they have been suspended since last May. File photograph: iStock

The Irish Government and Bord Bia have completed an “intensive series” of virtual trade meetings with China, just as tensions mount following the impo(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said  a lot of ‘easy narratives’ about vaccination supply and distribution were out there but the challenge remained a significant one.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told his parliamentary party there is no “magic tree” when it comes to vaccinating the population of the State quickly. (...)

‘Plonk your bum in an Irish grove before Saint Patrick’s Day and you are likely to have your daffodils frozen off.’

There is no more pointless activity than updating the list of things that can cause you to be labelled a West Brit. Saying “Boxing Day”. Preferring He(...)

Martin Heydon said a February bank holiday would be a welcome boost for the tourism sector during a quiet time for visitors. File photograph: Douglas O’Connor

Ireland has nine bank holidays a year and a call has been made to introduce a tenth one to mark the first day of spring and bridge the gap between the(...)

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar announcing the €2 million Micro-Enterprise Assistance Fund at the K-Leisure facility in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government has announced a new grant of up to €1,000 for small businesses most affected by coronavirus restrictions to help them adapt to be able (...)

President Michael D Higgins presents the new Ministers with their seals of office. Photograph: Maxwells

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of the new ministerial positions have been allocated to women, an analysis of the State’s new Cabinet shows. There (...)

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