Fearful: Kathleen McDonnell, at the ruins of Teampail na Naoi Naomh, on Loop Head. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Within eight months of his election, on March 13th last year, Time magazine declared Pope Francis its person of the year. An American gay magazine,(...)

Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht: “The evolution of public assemblies through representative government to modern democracy in Ireland is a worthy topic for discussion.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The decision to have a series of Seanad statements on the 750th anniversary of the first known Irish parliament was criticised in the House yesterday(...)

The thoroughbred county: Horses being schooled after racing at The Curragh, Newbridge. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

The shortage of family housing in Dublin is spilling over into Kildare, most notably in areas closest to the capital. “The residential market i(...)

The death toll on the Republic’s roads had increased by four last night as a major Garda crackdown on speeding over the bank holiday weekend was in op(...)

The foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains, on the Carlow-Wexford border, have never witnessed the likes. A sheepdog named Rothko – if you don’(...)