Just under €89m in grants had been issued to 888,000 households up until February

Water grant admin to cost €210k this year

27 May The Department of Social Protection has estimated that the cost of administering the €100 water conservation grant for this year will be almost a quarter of a million euro despite the fact that another round of payments is unlikely to be made in 2016.

Donald Trump became the Republican Party's presumptive nominee earlier this month

Trump says he now has enough delegates

26 May Donald Trump said this evening he has now secured the support of enough delegates to become the Republican presidential nominee, putting him over the threshold of 1,237 needed to win the party's nomination race.

The Group of Seven leaders are holding a summit in Japan

G7 leaders debate global economic risks

26 May G7 leaders have voiced concern about emerging economies as their host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made a pointed comparison to the global financial crisis eight years ago.

Prince Charles meets with locals in Donegal town

Prince Charles makes official visit to Donegal

25 May Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have concluded a whistle-stop trip to Co Donegal a year after his visit to Mullaghmore in Co Sligo where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

Sinn Féin's four-member team was announced today

Sinn Féin announces Executive nominations

24 May Sinn Féin's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness caused surprise when he named the four-member team he will nominate for positions in the power-sharing executive at Stormont.

The mural was created by artists Felix Braun and Jack Dones

Anti-Brexit group plays Trump card

24 May A giant mural showing Donald Trump passionately kissing Boris Johnson has appeared on the side of a building in Britain, one month before its referendum on EU membership.

Mark Carney said there was no political bias at the Bank of England

Bank of England chief defends Brexit comments

24 May Bank of England boss Mark Carney has denied accusations of giving out Treasury Brexit "propaganda" and said it was his job to "come straight with the British people" over the risks.

John Halligan earlier said he wants Irish Water scrapped

Halligan to support Govt counter-motion on water

23 May Independent TD John Halligan has told RTÉ News that he will support a Government counter-motion to suspend water charges and set up an independent commission to look at the issue, which will lead to a Dáil vote on the matter.

The contest between Norbert Hofer (L) and Alexander van der Bellen in yesterday's election was too close to call

Far-right candidate edged out in Austrian election

23 May Austria narrowly avoided becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right candidate as head of state, as postal ballots decided a knife-edge presidential run-off vote in favour of his environmentalist rival.

Last year the previous government made a pledge to increase public and private investment in research to 2.5% by 2020

Department warns of research funding challenge

23 May The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has warned that it faces a significant challenge in sustaining funding for programmes aimed at driving research and innovation within firms based in Ireland if the capital allocation for such programmes is not increased.

The UN estimates that 125 million people are in desperate need of help due to war and natural disaster

Higgins: Rethink of international politics needed

23 May President Michael D Higgins has said that the process to relocate tens of thousands of refugees to EU member states, including Ireland, should be accelerated, if countries are to meet their humanitarian responsibilities.

Alan Kelly acknowledged it had been a difficult week for him

Time for Labour to move on - Kelly

23 May Labour's Alan Kelly has said it is time for his party to move on from the leadership issue and he looks forward to playing a major role in the party's future.