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Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea  feels his demand for a €5 rise in the State pension and disability and carers allowance will not be fully met.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea has intervened in budget negotiations to demand social welfare increases. The Sunday Independent (...)

Eoghan Murphy says  it is his aim to get every single family out of homelessness Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has said progress on tackling homelessness is “still too slow” as figures show the n(...)

Broadband blues: After five years of dithering, we find ourselves on the brink of giving the market incumbent a subsidy to connect rural Ireland to high-speed broadband, a solution that might have been arrived at some time ago.

A significant wheel came off the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) this week with Siro, arguably Eir’s chief rival for the State contract, de(...)

Conference delegates heard  the Irish population is expected to grow to 6 million by 2040 with Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford increasing in size by 50 per cent which would necessitate half a million homes being built. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government expects 19,000 houses to be completed by the end of this year and a further 23,000 houses to be finished by 2018. Speaking at a Prope(...)

Jean O’Sullivan at the marché d’Aligre in Paris.

Jean O’Sullivan, who has died aged 63, was a central figure in the Irish community in Paris for more than three decades, during which she also led a s(...)

Last year An Bord Pleanála  approved a wind farm at Bellacorick in north Mayo which was reduced from 112 wind turbines to 61 turbines. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

EirGrid’s decision to scale back its €240 million Grid West transmission project has elicited a mixed reaction from business and community groups in t(...)

From briquettes to biomass: Bord na Móna must move away from its core, environmentally dubious activity of peat supply. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The fact that Bord na Móna, which is ultimately owned by Irish taxpayers, has found it makes more commercial sense to invest in a new €60 million biom(...)

The smart meter: coming to a home near you

A total of 2.3 million smart meters are to be installed in Irish homes and businesses, the Commission for Energy Regulation has announced. The €1.2 bi(...)

Sarah Johnson: ‘You can make your own choices and decisions and nobody is spoon-feeding you’

Sam Blanckensee Occupation: Sam Blanckensee is national development officer at the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland. Earlier this year, he was(...)

ESB’s finance arm recently reported a significant jump in pretax profit from €4,000 in 2015 to €3m last year.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ratings agency Moody’s has upgraded its view of the ESB, noting that the Government would likely support the energy company if it became necessary. (...)

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