The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced on Thursday evening she would initiate an inquiry by an independent judicial figure, in accordance with section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into the conduct of the original Gsoc investigation into the death of Sgt Michael Galvin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Garda sergeant who took his own life in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal last month believed his career was over, the general secretary of the Association(...)

Dublin Corporation was the only local authority to retain its ambulance service in 1970 when, under the Health Act, others relinquished theirs to the new health boards. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HSE, which delivers ambulance services across the State outside Dublin, and to some extent in Dublin too, has been consolidating its National Ambu(...)

Rory Gallagher photographed with the guitar. Peter Drayne from Lisburn  bought the JS Berlin Legend at auction. The guitar was custom built for Gallagher who first made first headlines with his band, Taste.

An Irish entrepreneur and music fan has spoken of his delight at being able to bring a limited edition electric guitar specially crafted for Ir(...)

Among improvements to the ambulance fleet,  vehicles have locater systems installed

A press conference last December dealt with the independent review of the National Ambulance Service response to the Vakaris Martinaitis trag(...)

Cold comforts: Scott’s Hut in Cape Evans. Photograph: Michael Morrison

When Stefanie White returned to her home in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, from Antarctica last autumn she did so as a new member of an exclusive group tha(...)

Gardaí near the scene of the suspected hit-and-run at Newtown Road, Bundoran, Co Donegal, yesterday. Photograph: Thomas Gallagher

The body of the man found dead following a hit and run incident in Co Donegal early yesterday was discovered by his wife who got out of bed to g(...)

A shop for sale beside the clock tower in Youghal, Co Cork. Photograph: David Sleator

There are dark shadows looming over the economic prospects and cultural qualities of the small towns and villages throughout the country. Local shops (...)

The Tit Bonhomme, which sank last year near the mouth of Glandore Harbour in Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has promised a change to the existing system of responding to 999 emergency telephone calls in marine incidents.Ho(...)

The way 999 calls are responded to depends on the state of the patient. Clinical status 1 (Echo) calls involve life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks or respiratory issues, while clinical status 1 (Delta) calls involve other life-threatening emergencies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is every parent’s nightmare: your child has just had a serious accident and yet when you dial 999 you are told no ambulance is available or that on(...)