IDA Ireland has more than 2,700 acres lying vacant, which accounts for more than a quarter of its entire estate portfolio. Photograph: David Sleator

The State investment agency is sitting on an unused land bank the size of 170 Croke Parks. IDA Ireland has more than 2,700 acres lying vacant, which (...)

U2 perform at Croke Park in July 2017. Tickets for the sold-out gig appeared within minutes on Ticketmaster-owned secondary site Seatwave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The scourge of ticket-touting has been a regular trigger for fan despair in recent years, with the above-average level of resales for U2 and Coldplay’(...)

TV licence: 64,272 people have been taken to court for nonpayment over the past five years. Photograph: E+/Getty

An Post took proceedings against 11,693 people in 2017 for not having a television licence – a slight drop on the 11,994 in 2016 – and over the past f(...)

Fianna Fail TD John Lahart said the global economy relies on measuring instruments and weights such as petrol pumps and taximeters “and we need to know they can be trusted”.

Ireland has belatedly begun the process of harmonising its regulations with those of EU member states on the science of metrology, better known as mea(...)

Figures from the Department of Enterprise show staff levels at the agency have dropped consistently over the past six years

The agency responsible for cross-Border trade has had its funding reduced for each of the past six years in a row and is “just about able” to carry ou(...)

Sinn Féin spokesman Maurice Quinlivan said more than 70,000 people in the State depended on the minumum wage. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

The Low Pay Commission was independent of the Government, Minister of State for Jobs Pat Breen told the Dáil. “I want to make it very clear that I c(...)

Stephen Donnelly  Social Democrats TD  said commercial vacancy rates in his Wicklow constituency were still 13 per cent. Photograph: Eric Luke

Business in rural Ireland has been decimated, TD Stephen Donnelly has said. “I travelled last weekend around towns and villages in Mayo and I would (...)

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan: claimed Labour was guilty of ‘gross hypocrisy’’ , given it failed to defend the rights of workers while in government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The minority Government has suffered its first Dáil defeat. Its amendment to a Labour motion on workers’ rights was defeated by 78 votes to 58 on We(...)

Django Unchained: depicted the treatment of black people in America during a tragic period in US history

Sinn Féin TDs have defended party leader Gerry Adams in the controversy over his tweet using a racist word, but acknowledged that his use of language(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and fellow Co Louth candidate Imelda Munster celebrate in Dundalk. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin had a good election, not a spectacular one, and as always, the party’s support in opinion polls was somewhat overstated. Past electoral di(...)

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