Cheeverstown House, Dublin.

Serious shortcomings, including the risk to residents of “all forms of abuse”, have been found at Cheeverstown House, a centre for people with intel(...)

The contract awarded by  South Dublin County Council, which is said to be worth between €75,000 and €100,000, was won by Dublin-based firm Espion.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

South Dublin County Council has been accused of failing to conduct due diligence on the manufacturer of a new management software tool that it plans t(...)

Left to right: Bobbi Brown's Watermelon; Color Drama by Maybelline; Urban decay's Mr's Mia Wallace; Rouge pur Couture number 210 by YSL Bo(...)

Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Ronan O’Gara (above) and his wife Jessica have reached a settlement with a luxury kitchen company that had taken a civil action against them. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica have reached a settlement with a luxury kitchen company that had taken a civ(...)

Host Graham Norton during filming of the Graham Norton Show, at the London Studios, central London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Chat-show host and comedian, Graham Norton remains Ireland’s best paid broadcaster earning €2.83 million in fees last year.The popular BBC presenter i(...)

A group tour of Salzburg in Austria, birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, also includes a visit to a ski resort and a concert
12 getaways of Christmas

A Wales of a timeIf you’re looking to take the kids away somewhere not too far, but still a world away, bag yourself a luxury lodge at Bluestone resor(...)

 Smyths toy shop on Jervis Street Dublin. The group operates 69 stores in total: 41 in Britain, 22 in the Republic and six in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Sales of Furbies, Monopoly Millionaire and learning tablets last year helped the British and Northern Irish arms of family-owned Irish toy-seller Smyt(...)

Michael McDowell and former Green Party minister Eamon Ryan at the count centre in Dublin Castle.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte had the best line of the weekend when he called the Seanad Referendum “the costliest after-dinner speech in history(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny needed to sell his idea and failed to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Here are 10 of the principal reasons why there was a narrow No vote in the referendum to abolish Seanad Éireann. They are not in ranking order. 1. Pow(...)

Michael McDowell: turned down the offer of a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

Have you actually read the Bill to permanently abolish Seanad Éireann before voting on it? It isn’t a simple textual excision of one of the two Houses(...)