Dail's €200k helipad shut down after sitting idle since Haughey left office
A helipad installed on the roof of Government Buildings at Charles Haughey's behest has been decommissioned, the Sunday Independent has learnt.
A helipad installed on the roof of Government Buildings at Charles Haughey's behest has been decommissioned, the Sunday Independent has learnt.
More than €16,000 was spent on a special report to establish the number of printers - and the amount of ink - Department of Health staff will require when they relocate to new headquarters.
A new analysis of house prices nationwide shows for the first time signs of a significant slowdown in increases in certain key market areas, the...
Fifteen children have been left fighting for their lives, following admission to intensive care, since the start of the winter flu season.
Yoruba, Lingala, Tagalog, and Bengali are among the exotic languages which have pushed the cost of interpreters in the Irish courts to more than €20,000 a week.
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has stepped up plans to develop 50 "floating homes" as part of an affordable solution to the housing crisis.
A man last night told how his wife held the hand of murder victim Derek Coakley Hutch - and read him the last rites - after he was shot in the head in Dublin.
Ex-members of Ireland's Defence Forces are earning up to €20,000 a month as private 'minders' for wealthy businessmen in Middle East combat zones.
Ministerial drivers ferrying Cabinet members around the country are sleep deprived and fatigued due to a lack of rest periods - and certain drivers are also forced to pay for their own B&B on overnight trips, it has been claimed.
The first flu deaths have been recorded in Ireland as the dreaded 'Aussie flu' sweeps the country and the HSE is urging people in high-risk groups to get the flu vaccine.
A visually impaired farmer was pinned to the floor, viciously beaten with sticks and threatened with a knife as three masked men ransacked his home...
Ryanair has offered to meet with the Impact trade union ahead of a threatened 24-hour strike this week by a number of pilots.
Elderly cataract patients languishing on public waiting lists have to travel by bus to Belfast for crucial surgery to save their sight.
Ryanair will publish a contingency plan on their website tomorrow ahead of a threatened 24-hour pilot strike on Wednesday.
Ten Fianna Fail TDs have said they will not support a repeal of article 40.3.3 of the Constitution as one deputy hit out at colleagues for their stance on the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth...
More than €150,000 a week is spent on private ambulances by the HSE - with the overall bill doubling in just four years.
U2 fans have expressed outrage at tickets for the band's Dublin gigs later this year being sold for more than five times the face value.
Childminders with no teaching experience are being used for classroom supervision because of chronic staff shortages.
One the country's most senior gardai has said the State has not "served our children well" by allowing unregulated access to social media websites where they can be targeted by sex predators.
Donal Walsh's great-grand-uncle - the chaplain for the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp - will be commemorated today at a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A growing number of middle-aged men - holding down professional careers - are turning to muscle-building anabolic steroids to make them look and feel more youthful.
The first flu deaths have been recorded in Ireland as the dreaded 'Aussie flu' sweeps the country.
Pensioners are resorting to a range of anxiety medications and sleeping tablets because of fears of aggravated attacks in the run-up to Christmas.
A growth of Irish consumer spending on UK websites has left retailers here disappointed with Christmas sales, despite busy shopping streets and packed stores in major cities and towns.
A visually impaired farmer was pinned to the floor, viciously beaten with sticks and threatened with a knife as three masked men ransacked his home for his life savings.
Ireland could be hit by a freak 'thundersnow storm' today as blizzard-like conditions bring freezing rain and flooding, making for icy roads across the country.
A 'lost generation' of future pensioners risks penury in old age as the prospect of owning their own home slips away.
Amateur athletes have emerged as the new codeine addicts as Ireland battles a silent addiction to painkillers.
The ''wealth effect'', consumer confidence buoyed by the rapid rise in property prices, has led to a surge in spending on home improvements, foreign holidays and high value household goods.
A surge in spending on foreign holidays, home improvements and household goods has been sparked by the so-called ''wealth effect'', consumer confidence propelled by soaring property prices.
The utterly discredited allegations made by Garda Keith Harrison at are expected to cost the taxpayer thousands of euros in legal bills.
The Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, says a lack of affordable childcare remains a "key barrier" to more women entering the workforce.
A shortage of apartments - rather than the traditional family home - is the real reason for the country's ongoing accommodation crisis.
Flatsharing in their 40s is a growing trend among the record number of Irish people now priced out of the property market.
Donald Trump's threat to deport illegal immigrants has caused an unprecedented spike in mental health problems among undocumented Irish in the US.
A return to full employment, officially marking the last stage of recovery after the economic crisis, will see up to 60pc of employers offer pay increases next year, which is predicted to lead to a significant increase in consumer spending.
Ireland's "stubborn" stance in the Brexit negotiations is not a "land grab" for Northern Ireland, Simon Coveney has said.
'We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." So said the American hotel tycoon Leona Helmsley - dubbed 'The Queen of Mean'.
The judge in the Tom Humphries case is widely regarded as "affable and compassionate" by her legal colleagues.
Acclaimed author and dramatist Roddy Doyle has said he has never witnessed any sexual harassment or abuse of power in the Irish theatre world.
A growing number of children are expressing gender identity issues to teachers in primary school, a leading support group has found.
'Boomerang children' are increasingly returning to their parents' home as property prices continue to soar.
Additional stocks of the seasonal flu vaccine have been ordered by the HSE amid mounting fears of an epidemic this winter.
The health service overtime bill now stands at more than €5m a week - with one doctor topping up his basic pay by €66,000.
There are 192 sex offenders living in communities across the country subject to special Garda monitoring, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Leasing farmland for solar panels will be deemed a "qualifying activity" to encourage diversification and the drive for renewable energy sources.
Drivers of electric company cars are to get a tax break under new measures announced in the budget.
A leading homeless charity has substantial investments in major banks which have repossessed hundreds of family homes, the Sunday Independent has learned.
The leader of Ireland's largest trade union has urged Ryanair pilots to fight Michael O'Leary until they "beat" him in the war over pay and conditions.
A legal loophole allows paedophiles to legally download grooming manuals from the 'dark web', the Sunday Independent has confirmed.
Bank customers have been targeted with a 'number spoofing' scam to trick victims into thinking they are talking to their bank.
Younger teens and a number of children in the early stages of alcohol abuse are being put on special 'detox' programmes, new records reveal.
Ryanair faces a raft of lawsuits if it fails to pay full compensation to passengers affected by the cancellation of thousands of flights.
Tens of thousands of people marched from the Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square yesterday in a call to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has told Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary the pilot rostering fiasco that has left thousands of passengers stranded and cost the airline €117,000 a day in compensation is "unforgiveable".
A referendum to allow 3.6 million Irish citizens living abroad to vote in presidential elections is being considered with next year's abortion ballot.
The Revenue Commissioners will not tax the estimated €250,000 to be raised by the landmark testimonial dinner for former GAA star Colm 'Gooch' Cooper.
Gardai have been armed with a 'hotlist' of uninsured drivers to clamp down on rogue motorists driving up premiums for road users.
On a recent weekday morning, a group of people gathered for a tour of The Marlay, a gleaming state-of-the-art nursing home just off the M50, close to Rathfarnham in south Dublin. The rooms were bright and airy. The place was buzzing with activity. A couple of residents read the in-house newspapers in the lobby. A group of ladies watched Sammy Davis Jr on TV in the sitting room. In another room, an activities coordinator read the newspaper aloud to her audience. Outside, the sun shone on a flower-filled courtyard.
Ryanair faces the threat of a massive compensation bill following its shock decision to cancel up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks.
Farming families are losing their land as vulture funds swoop on indebted properties bought during the height of the Celtic Tiger.
A 'Gathering No 2' targeting the Irish diaspora has been put on hold due to currency complications caused by Brexit, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Union chiefs have warned they could take industrial action if the two-tier pay structure in teaching is not eliminated.
More than 400 of Ireland's 'Lost Generation', many with significant cash savings for a down-payment on a new house, are returning home each week.
Critical time is being lost by ambulances travelling to accidents and other emergencies because they are not fitted with sat nav equipment, the Sunday Independent has learned.
'Buy-to-flip' speculators seeking to capitalise on rising home prices are snapping up properties to renovate and resell for a 'quick buck'.
Rocketing rents are encouraging a newfangled option to slash accommodation costs in Ireland.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warned that the UK will have to compromise on Brexit or negotiations will break down.
Galway legend Ollie Canning has dismissed suggestions the weight of expectation is on his brother Joe's shoulders going into today's All-Ireland final against Waterford.
Free drug testing in nightclubs - so users can check the purity of substances bought from dealers - has been quietly kicked into touch by the Government, the Sunday Independent can confirm.
The mother-in-law of murder victim Jill Meagher says those guilty of revenge porn destroy the lives of innocent people.
Super-size uniforms are now being sold with 46-inch waistlines to primary school children as our child and teen obesity crisis continues to escalate.
The controversial artists' tax exemption scheme - recently used by high earners including Ryan Tubridy and Paul O'Connell - is under investigation by the Department of Finance ahead of the October Budget.
Retired teachers are topping up generous public service pensions by cashing in on exam supervision and correcting work - despite ongoing anger over a 'two-tier' pay scale and conditions for their younger colleagues.
Drivers caught breaking speed limits for the first time may be ordered to undertake an intensive 'training course' instead of receiving penalty points, the Sunday Independent has learned.
GardaI have conducted one of the biggest search operations to date on both land and sea into the mysterious disappearance of Tina Satchwell earlier this year.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told how he lost two people he knew to suicide during Ireland's Great Recession as latest figures show the number of suicides reached almost 5,000 in most of the period referred to as the lost decade.
He has a penchant for well-cut suits and funky socks - but the Taoiseach's 'breakfast box' on board the Government's private jet shows he can also be a man of simple tastes.
'What. The. Actual. F**k.' So went one of a flurry of early morning tweets in a firestorm of outrage on social media last Sunday.
Almost 50pc of the public believe Leo Varadkar's plan to introduce a watchdog for the waste industry will not be effective, a Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll has revealed.
Childless Irish couples using 'rent-a-womb' surrogates overseas are to face a major legal clampdown, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Bookmakers will be forced to refuse wagers of more than €2,000 from anyone without ID as part of a new clampdown on criminals using betting shops to launder cash.
Cyber criminals mounted a major attack to steal €110,000 from University College Cork (UCC), the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Pro-life campaigners have vowed to dramatically ratchet up their campaign as the countdown to next year's abortion referendum gets under way.
Acclaimed authors Roddy Doyle and John Banville will each write a play for a new €500,000 'People's Theatre' to be erected in Dublin.
A groundbreaking drug that costs €80,000 per patient could soon be given to women with advanced breast cancer.
Former OCI President Pat Hickey has said it was like being part of a "Doctor Who movie" when he was arrested and imprisoned in a Brazilian jail.
The Jobstown Six, found not guilty of falsely imprisoning former Tanaiste Joan Burton and her adviser Karen O'Connell, gathered outside Dublin's Central Bank yesterday to celebrate - and to protest.
"It was like a Dr Who movie... the TV cameras shining in the door, the policemen, some in uniform, and the guys in the dark gear, with masks and machine guns."
The powerful HPV vaccine won't be rolled out to teenage boys until September next year at the earliest, the Sunday Independent has confirmed.
Tax defaulters who have failed to pay back what they owe will be identified in a new-style defaulters' list to be published by Revenue on Tuesday.
Pride of place was reserved for our first openly gay Taoiseach as he led the annual LGBT parade in Dublin yesterday in a historic moment watched by the world.
TV presenter Lucy Kennedy has spoken of her struggle to juggle a demanding career with motherhood - but says she would still have another child if she thought Mother Nature was on her side.
POP mogul Louis Walsh has said U2 would never have become the biggest rock band in the world without the singular “belief” of their manager Paul McGuinness.
House prices in one of Dublin's most salubrious suburbs could take an unexpected dip if a number of new 'supersize' developments get the go-ahead.
Pop mogul Louis Walsh has said U2 would never have become the biggest rock band in the world without the singular "belief" of their manager Paul McGuinness.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has significantly increased pressure on the former Attorney General Maire Whelan to withdraw from her proposed appointment to the Court of Appeal, stating last night that she should "consider her position".
Politicians are failing to take growing poverty levels seriously, according to Kieran Stafford, the new national president of the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP).
Residents in one of the most affluent and desirable suburbs in south Dublin have vowed to "fight back" as developers ratchet up plans for a raft of new "high density" developments in the area.
Residents in one of the most affluent suburbs in south Dublin have vowed to "fight back" as developers ratchet up plans for a raft of new "high density" developments in the area.
The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Turkish journalist Can Dundar, former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper.
The taxman is on the lookout for the multi-million euro 'out of hours' grinds money earned by some of the country's teachers.
A total of 63 members of the Irish Army have failed drug tests for substances including cocaine and cannabis in the last five years - but just 46 were discharged from duty.
Foreign doctors with poor English will be banned from working in Irish hospitals within months, the Sunday Independent has discovered.
Dublin councillor Mannix Flynn has described Sinn Fein as a "cult", and alleges they're "lining their own pockets" as they strive to become the most powerful party in the country.
More than €110,000 a day has been spent installing water meters following the suspension of controversial charges last year, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Dr Peter Boylan insists he was determined his public spat with sister-in-law Dr Rhona Mahony over the new national maternity hospital would not turn "personal" - but admits losing friends as a result of the furore.
Proposed legal guidelines, which will oversee greyhound exports, have been strongly welcomed by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) - but there is a warning further action may be needed at EU level.
Converted shipping containers may be used to house hard-pressed college students as the rental sector prepares for an unprecedented crisis in the autumn.
Ireland is seen as a "soft-touch" for a possible terror attack, and is regarded as fertile ground for recruiting and fundraising by extremists, according to a former al-Qaeda member who is now a security expert.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has overseen a legal spend of more than €525,000 in just two years - as she continues to hire some of the most high-powered lawyers in the country to fight ongoing allegations against the force.
A record 893 retired teachers were working in our schools last year - as young graduates flock overseas to earn tax-free salaries of €60,000 across the Gulf region.
RTE legend Sean O’Rourke has told of his joust with former Taoiseach Charles Haughey — but says on a personal level it was hard to “dislike” the controversial politician.
Universities are earning millions of euro in exam 'resit fees' charged to students who fail to make the grade first time round.
Just three nurses have been recruited in the past eight months as part of a special scheme aimed at luring young workers back to Ireland.