Minister for Communications Denis Naughten:  has accused health authorities of trying to replicate the past in Roscommon by closing another care facility, this time in Castlerea. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has accused health authorities of trying to replicate the past in Roscommon by closing another care facilit(...)

Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney: has raised his concerns with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, on the exclusion of the Western Rail Corridor from the investment plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government will commit to establishing three elective-only hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin West as part of their national capital plan. Disc(...)

President Michael D Higgins: He has not yet indicated if he intends to contest a second term. Photograph:  Brian Lawless

A comfortable majority of voters wants President Michael D Higgins to serve a second term, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has found, though su(...)

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(...)

People from Athenry have demonstrated in support of Apple’s plans to invest in the town on several occasions in the past couple of years.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Apple, the company at the heart of the legal challenge, was silent following the outcome of the ruling on Thursday by Mr Justice Paul McDermott. The U(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the announcement of Budget 2018 in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Budget 2018 provision to increase stamp duty on commercial property transactions was passed in the Dáil late on Tuesday night. With Fianna Fail a(...)

A protest outside the Department of Agriculture over greyhound exploitation. A Dáil debate has heard the dogs have a lifespan of 14 years but in Ireland the average was three to four years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

More than 16,500 calls have been received by the National Animal Cruelty helpline this year, bringing the total number of contacts to some 53,000 sinc(...)

A bathtub full of water from the tap at Sharon Gannon’s home in Cloonfad, Co Roscommon.

Living in the village of Cloonfad, in Co Roscommon, has been “a horrendous experience” for residents, who have had to boil their water for the past 21(...)

Like Enda Kenny, Leo Varadkar will need the support of at least 58 TDs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar could be elected taoiseach by a narrower Dáil margin than the vote Enda Kenny achieved last year. Mr Varadkar is expect(...)

File image of a post office sign in a Gaeltacht area in Ventry, Co Kerry. File photograph: Getty Images

The proposed closure of 80 post offices has been described as a “serious blow” and “another nail in the coffin” for rural Ireland. The proposal is b(...)

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