Mick O’Dea paints a portrait of the American poet Robert Pinsky, as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 2:58

A farmer’s life may seem an unlikely vocation for one of Ireland’s best-known artists, but it was once the planned career path for Mick O’Dea. The en(...)

Seventeen food safety enforcement orders were issued against various premises in July, the third highest number ever distributed in one month during t(...)

The “2.4-dinitrophenylhydrazine” substance, better known as “Brady’s Reagent”, was found at a school in Ennis, Co Clare at about midday. File photograph: Getty Images

The army bomb disposal team was called to a school to destroy chemicals which had become unstable. The “2.4-dinitrophenylhydrazine” substance, better(...)

Mental Health Commission’s report follows concerns over deaths and governance issues in the Carlow/Kilkenny and South Tipperary. Photograph: Getty Images

Proper assessments might have alerted staff to the risks facing up to 13 people who went on to die by apparent suicide, the State’s watchdog(...)

John Douglas, president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, speaking at a Right2Water press conference in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The trade union movement is not interested in the Government’s plans for “ social dialogue” if it confines and constrains the legitimate role of all i(...)

When Juno Hennessy-Quirke took her very first toddling steps at the Galway West referendum count centre, her civilly partnered parents couldn’t quite (...)

Alan Kilmartin (35), of Davitt Terrace, Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare, pleaded guilty at Ennis Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to a woman at Acha Bhaile, Lahinch Road, Ennis on March 2nd, 2012.

A security guard of a ghost estate, who attacked a woman unprovoked in her home, has been sentenced to two years in in prison following a finding by t(...)

Beaumont Hospital has confirmed that it is conducting an investigation into complaints about the treatment of a man in his 80s.

Families who say their relatives are being mistreated in State-run care facilities have urged TDs to introduce stronger laws to help prevent abuse (...)

Ruth Gilhool and her son Ronan:  “We can’t bring him to places that are too open or  too crowded. It’s not the sort care where you knock off at five o’clock; it’s seven days a week, full on.”   Photograph: Eamon Ward

More than 2,500 people have signed a petition in recent days calling on the Government to restore the 19 per cent cut made to the respite grant for ca(...)

In a 1945  reference for his former secretary Eamon DeValera wrote : ’Miss O’Connell has read for me her evidence. I agree with it in general.’  Eamon de Valera pictured in uniform circa 1914. Images:  Keogh Brothers/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images and  the Military Service Pensions Archive

Showing that the fight for Irish independence went beyond the confines of this island, two remarkable Irish emigrant women made their cases for the aw(...)