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Minister for Agriculture and Food  Simon Coveney: “We acted quickly and swiftly and with absolute priority to get to the bottom of the horsemeat crisis which became a European crisis very, very quickly.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has defended the Government’s reaction to the horsemeat scandal after a House of Commons inquiry levelled criti(...)

The dispute over the North Atlantic mackerel stock has drawn comparisons with the “cod wars” of the 1950s and 1970s between Britain and Iceland

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has said he hopes proposed EU measures to limit over-fishing of North Atlantic mackerel stocks will force a real(...)

The business is owned by directors James Hargrave and Regina McGovern and the abridged accounts show that accumulated profits at the end of 2011 were €385,654

Little Harvard Childcare, one of the three childcare businesses that featured in a recent programme by RTÉ’s Primetime, paid rent of €540,774 to its t(...)

Smoke breathing dragons roaming through Eyre Square in Galway for the opening of the Galway Arts Festival. Dragons is presented by one of Europe’s most exciting outdoor theatre companies, the world famous Sarruga from Barcelona. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Demonic dragons, flying trapeze and trampoline artists and a “dream engine” heliosphere envelope the streets of Galway over the next fortnight as the (...)

Thirty-six per cent of creches were last inspected this year, 39 per cent last year and 16 per cent in 2011, the survey showed

Most creche owners – nearly 82 per cent – said they were happy to have their inspection reports go online, according to a survey by Early Childhood Ir(...)

Ruth Field on the RTÉ programme Saturday Night Live with Miriam

In anticipation of feeling nervous, I had actually planned on running during my Dublin visit, but in a very un-grit-doctorly fashion had clean forgott(...)

Praveen Halappanavar says  he still does not know why his wife, Savita, died. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Last week I had a eureka moment: “why”really is the most important question of all. I was listening to Praveen Halappanavar explaining to Miriam O’Cal(...)

PSNI Chief Constable Will Kerr displays a police officer’s helmet which was struck by a ceremonial sword during rioting in north Belfast on Friday night. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA

The Democratic Unionist Party has defended the right to protest peacefully while condemning loyalist rioters and the Parades Commission for banning an(...)

“I do not see us coming back to this issue in the lifetime of this Government,” Mr Rabbitte said

A senior Labour figure in Government has categorically ruled out the issue of abortion being revisited by the Coalition during its term of office. Mi(...)

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras: “He has not only offended Greeks but, perhaps more importantly, in the European context where he is so dependent on the good opinion of his mentors in Berlin and Brussels, he has not impressed.” Photograph: Reuters/John Kolesidis

In a recent opinion column (‘Greece in crisis needs a public broadcaster’) I made the mistake of saying that ERT, the Greek public service broadcaster(...)

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