Grand Budapest Hotel
Grand Budapest Hotel

A few critics have, from time to time, accused Wes Anderson of “contrivance”. What now? All fictions are contrived. Unlike real life, stories tend (...)

John Grant: he combines the “emotional turbulence of a 14-year-old’s diary entries with the gnarled wisdom of a Nick Cave or a Leonard Cohen”
Review: John Grant

John Grant Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***** On a cold night, there was warmth aplenty in a packed Olympia as the crowd joined in on John Gr(...)

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs (as the song goes), but in fact the opposite – the anti-love song – is desperatel(...)

Colin Fennelly of Kilkenny (left) scored 2-2 in Leinster’s facile victory over Ulster in their interprovincial hurling championship semi-final in Trim. Photograph: : Dara Mac Dónaill/
The Irish Times

LEINSTER 8-18 ULSTER 1-21There was little semblance of a contest at Trim yesterday when Leinster, as expected, outscored Ulster. Once again goals pro(...)

Garda Superintendent Seán Ward of Store Street station and Dublin City Business Improvement District chief executive, Richard Guiney leaving court yesterday after giving evidence

TOM TUITEThe anti-social behaviour problem on Dublin’s O’Connell Street is “out of control” while a “fear factor” is damaging business and putting peo(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney scores the third  try against Scotland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland 28 Scotland 6It was a curious afternoon, one initially pockmarked by frustration as Ireland huffed and puffed their way through the opening 40(...)

Queen Elizabeth II attends the church of St Peter, Wolferton, on the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

British members of parliament criticised Queen Elizabeth’s royal household for blowing its annual budget while neglecting repairs at Buckingham Palace(...)

Mary Carey at home in Navan, Co Meath. As Mary is unable use the stairs to reach the bathroom, she is forced to wash herself with a basin and sponges. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Mary Carey (64), who has had a spinal injury for 20 years and cannot walk unaided, lives with her husband John (72) in a small house just off the D(...)

The cuts affect three housing grants: the housing adaptation grant for people with a disability, housing aid for older people and the mobility aids grant.

Further cutbacks in housing grants intended to help elderly and disabled people to continue living at home, rather than going into residential care, h(...)

The relief is payable over the two years following the year in which the work is carried out and paid for and is consistent with a delayed bonus, split 50:50 over two years

It was one of the few bright points of last October’s budget, and for many people, availing of the new home renovation tax relief will be on the ag(...)

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