President Michael D Higgins with “Bud and Michael” during the Horse Ploughing Competition at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships was described as “the most beloved rendezvous in Ireland’s rural calendar” when President Michael D Higgins opene(...)

A house in the Sunset District of San Francisco  allegedly wrecked by Irish J1 students is owned by Indian landlord Ritu Vohra, who took it back into her possession on Friday. Image: screengrab/KPIX A house in the Sunset District of San Francisco, allegedly wrecked by Irish J1 students. Image: screengrab/KPIX. 1:46

Charlie Flanagan has said the Irish J1 students responsible for vandalising their accommodation in San Francisco are “letting themselves down, letting(...)

Michael Dwyer:  shot dead by Bolivian police. Photograph: PA Wire

Caroline Dwyer, the mother of Michael Dwyer who was shot dead by Bolivian police in April 2009, has spoken of the fear and intimidation she felt on he(...)

Adele King, aka Twink, and her miniature Yorkshire Terrier Teddy Bear, pictured in the run up to last year’s Panto. Teddy went missing from Ms King’s home last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Entertainer Adele King, aka Twink, has made an emotional appeal for the return of her dog after he was taken from her home last Thursday. “There’s one(...)

Review: Charolais

Charolais Bewley’s Cafe Theatre****“The woman who invented the best way to kill an animal was a vegetarian.” Writer and performer Noni Stapleton steps(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: expects Leo  Varadkar to be ‘a very competent Minister for Health’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today the economy was improving but warned no one will be walking down the street feeling “like a millionaire” following the(...)

Mr Kenny said that if the EU and ECB approve and authorise Ireland’s request to rearrange IMF loans, the State could save €1.5 billion over the next five years

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said an application for recapitalisation for retroactive direct bank recapitalisation from the ESM fund is “still on the tabl(...)

Kate Adams with children in Honduras

Nine years ago this week I boarded a plane and set off alone across the Atlantic. As my peers took their first tentative steps into the world of hi(...)

A student accommodation officer says students are “caught in a net of rising rent”, while also faced with expensive college registration fees. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Students around the country are suffering under the financial burden of high rent and increasing registration fees, with over 1,500 students seeking a(...)

Trevor White, director of the Little Museum of Dublin, Rowena Neville, director of Business to Arts and Brendan Murphy, chief executive of Allianz. The Little Museum of Dublin, won the judges special recognition award at this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards for its partnership with Diageo, Direct Medical and Matheson. Photograph: Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

The Little Museum of Dublin, Ulster Bank, BNP Paribas and Google were among the winners at last night’s 2014 Allianz Business to Arts awards in Dublin(...)