Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh in The Irish Times office for podcast and interview. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:32

There’s no rest for the Rose of Tralee. “I think I’m still on the Ferris wheel,” Maria Walsh (27), the 56th Rose of Tralee says. Her first media engag(...)

Media reports that Minister James Reilly was warned by officials that his plans to dismantle the health service were “simply unworkable” call into question his continued presence in Government, Fianna Fáil has said.

Media reports that Minister James Reilly was warned by officials that his plans to dismantle the health service were “simply unworkable” call into que(...)

People outside the Millers Glen development in Swords today. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Homes in a new housing development in north Dublin which has potential buyers queuing up since last Tuesday have gone on sale. Some 60 houses in Mille(...)

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh: wants to be a role model. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus 2:32

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh said tonight the festival organisers and judges did not know she was gay when she entered. Ms Walsh said she would have to(...)

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The Irish craft beer industry is on course for sales of more than €15 million in 2014 with sales increasing by 50 per cent this year alone. A report, (...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman:  said it was  up to the European Court of Human Rights to clarify if had abandoned the principal of subsidiarity or if the O’Keeffe judgment was simply an “outlier”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A senior judge has warned the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg may be exceeding its own powers by taking on cases that have not been full(...)

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh after winning the festival last month.

Rose of Tralee executive chairman Anthony O’Gara has accused critics of the festival of peddling “boorish nonsense”. Mr O’Gara responded to rec(...)

The National Library reported more than 257,000 visitors in 2013, representing a 42 per cent increase on the previous year. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

The National Library of Ireland says it has reached a “critical point” because of continuous cutbacks. The library, on Kildare Street, Dublin, said i(...)

Brian O’Driscoll after his last home game for Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Brian O’Driscoll scarcely needs more accolades, but he is about to appear in the Guinness Book of Records for the first time. O’Driscoll’s final seas(...)

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has declined to comment on former Taoiseach John Bruton’s contention that the Easter Rising and War of Independence were ‘completely unnecessary’.  File photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has declined to comment on former Taoiseach John Bruton’s contention that the East(...)