Minister  for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Frustration and disappointment for local businesses as 160 jobs go

President Michael D Higgins, at the opening ceremony of the Fleadh Cheoil, said the music was all about “engaging with a fleeting present in order to create something that will be lasting and beautiful”. Photograph: Colin Gillen

Some 10,000 competitors to attend the week-long event

Dublin senior football manager Jim Gavin (centre) with former Ireland darts player Seán Marshall and former Ireland rugby player Richard Costello among the team. Photographs: Conor McCabe

More than 30 athletes are set to travel to the transplant and dialysis championships in Krakow, Poland

Minester for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White. Photo: Alex Betson .

Councillors vote unanimously to seek the intervention of Taoiseach and British prime minister David Cameron

Artist Sean Rafferty with an installion he created from stones saved by his grandfather and other local people from Rockingham House in Boyle. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Artist Sean Rafferty has made an installation from the gateposts in Lough Key Forest Park

Michael Skeffington and his younger brother Brandon  were great friends who played football together, mourners at their funeral were told today.

Priest says boy with ‘bright sparkling blue eyes and big smile’ made big impression in school

Nine year-old Brandon Skeffington (left) and his brother Shane (20) who died after an incident at a house in Banada, Co Sligo on Sunday night.

Shane Skeffington believed to have stabbed brother before taking his own life

‘For some people a pregnancy might not have been a crisis 10 years ago but it is now.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

While Ireland may no longer be such a harsh place for unmarried pregnant women, the stigma persists

Brandon Skeffington (9) who was  found with stab wounds in a  house in Banada yesterday, and who died later in hospital, and his  brother  Shane (21)  whose body was found in a nearby shed.

Shock in rural community after child (9) found with stab wounds in Tubbercurry

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