Irish Water will audit water treatment plants across the country, following two serious incidents where unsafe water has entered public drinking water supplies in recent weeks. A failure of a treatment plant serving Gorey, County Wexford resulted in unsanitary water being released from the plant over a period of five days, resulting in 52 confirmed …

A BRIDGE between Scotland and Northern Ireland “would overhaul the economy” after Brexit, said the architect behind the original idea. Speaking to the Herald, Professor Alan Dunlop said the idea would create thousands of jobs, which would be a good investment in post-Brexit Britain. It comes after reports that the UK government has shelved the …

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Territorials face a grim post-Christmas time as COVID restrictions keep many away from loved ones. Key points: Territorials are still not sure about their Christmas plans Isolation will be a problem as families are separated by interstate lockdowns Companies will be encouraged to keep their shoulders behind the wheel during the off-season Typically, the post-Christmas …

The judges chose their shortlist of five finalists in The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021 competition, which is supported by Randox Health. The five locations are: Clonakilty, Co Cork; the city of Galway; Glaslough, County Monaghan; Killarney, County Kerry; and the city of Waterford. Over the summer, more than 2,400 members …

SERIOUS incidents at two water treatment plants in recent weeks have made residents of one town sick and put the health of others at risk. Incidents at the Ballymore Eustace factories, which supply parts of Dublin city with potable water, and at Creagh, which serves Gorey in County Wexford, were not made public until Friday …

These claims were revealed in a new book, “Albert Reynolds: Risk taker for peace” by former minister and Fianna Fail reporter Conor Lenihan, which also details his own role in the peace talks in the 1990s. Albert Reynolds TD, who was Taoiseach from 1992 to 1994, is said to have secured key backing for his …

The Presbyterian Church of Ireland celebrated the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland and the partition of Ireland at an event in south Belfast. The event, titled “On These Steps”, took place at the ICH Union Theological College, which 100 years ago became the first seat of the Parliament of Northern Ireland. Noting that …

Bolt CEO Markus Villig speaks on stage at the Web Summit 2019 technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Horacio Villalobos | Corbis via Getty Images Estonian tech companies have been able to thrive in the absence of large multinationals like Facebook and Microsoft, the country’s president told CNBC. Home to just over a million people, the …

It is always darker before dawn, and there is no doubt that the Covid lockdown has pushed many Irish SMEs into a dark place, facing terrible financial pressure. Seventy percent faced a drop in their income, according to the CSO, with a median drop of 25 percent – enough to push many companies with low …