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The National Transport Authority stresses the handover of 24 bus routes to Go-Ahead isn’t privatisation. The service would remain under NTA control, it would set fares and determine schedules, and the fleet would remain in State control. Photograph: Alan Betson

Talk of the privatisation of Dublin Bus services – and what would happen if any government tried it – is almost as old as the company itself. The Pro(...)

Tramore-based People Before Profit representative  Una Dunphy: “We are not getting our proper piece of the pie.”   Photograph: Mary Browne

How do you describe Waterford? It’s a summer evening after rain. In the middle of a warren of small streets up a hill stands Walsh Park, Waterford’s(...)

 Fergus Sheil speaking after picking up the best opera award at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, for The Barber of Seville by Wide Open Opera. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is to get a new opera company that will present its first productions in 2018. The company will be created through merging two existing opera(...)

Monica Leech, pictured leaving court in 2007. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Safeguards in Irish law against disproportionate financial awards in defamation cases were improperly applied by the Irish Supreme Court, the European(...)

Some  recall Leo Varadkar  as a slightly awkward young man who could be friendly one day and cold the next

The scene is a Dublin count centre in 2004. Leo Varadkar, a 25-year-old political novice, had just received nearly 5,000 first preference votes, a sta(...)

Maurice Pratt, newly elected chair of The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, will lay out the challenges ahead when he meets Minister for  Tourism Shane Ross on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Karma: it can be a hell of a thing. How’s this for an example? On Monday, Maurice Pratt, the newly elected chairman of industry lobby group the Irish(...)

 John Tobin from Tramore, Co Waterford. ‘They had to stand down the helicopter due to fog and in the end the only option was to drive me to Cork.’ Photograph: Mary Browne

Hospital campaigners in Waterford say they are seriously considering running a candidate in the next general election over the failure of the Governm(...)

Tempers flare between Wexford and Dublin at Enniscorthy. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin 1-12 Wexford 1-9 Paul Clarke’s experimental Dublin literally kept the show on the show on the road with a hard-fought win against an also tr(...)

Enda Kenny, Heather Humphreys and Paschal Donohoe at the Creative Ireland launch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Last week’s announcement of Creative Ireland could be the turning point of the century for arts and culture in this country. In political terms, the a(...)

John O’Kane when he was art programme director at the Arts Council, circa 2002

The biggest arts job in the country has just disappeared. The change happened on Friday when John O’Kane, the Executive Director of RTÉ’s Orchestras, (...)

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