Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

Séamus Plunkett: worked hard in recent years to improve the situation of the senior hurlers  of his native county. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The announcement yesterday morning of Séamus Plunkett’s abrupt departure as Laois hurling manager was a reminder of the difficulties faced by those i(...)

Portmarnock is one of six beaches that  have achieved dual  Blue Flag and Green Coast status. Photograph: Collins

Blue Flags have been awarded to 81 beaches and five marinas around the State’s coastline - six more than last year. Six of the 81 beaches are also amo(...)

Clare Daly: the silence was loud when she took to her feet for her first round of questions. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The force that is Independent socialist TD Clare Daly commands attention. And when she speaks on her pet topics, people generally listen. Her pitch al(...)

Derrynane Hotel  and its eight luxury holiday homes on the Ring of Kerry comes with 11.4 acres. Photograph: John Herriott

Joint agents CBRE and Tom Spillane & Co are quoting more than €1.5 million for the three-star Derrynane Hotel and eight luxury holiday homes on th(...)

Car collisions are more common in summer: “A  1 per cent reduction in the general speed around the country can reduce the fatality rate by 4 per cent.”

A 125 km/h crash has the same impact on a human body as falling from nine storeys, according to the television commercial. The New Zealand ad shows a (...)

A monument commemorating three Irish patriots, including Michael Collins (above), is to be unveiled next month in the West Cork parish of Rosscarbery. File photograph: Walshe/Getty Images

A monument commemorating three Irish patriots is to be unveiled next month in the West Cork parish where the men were either born or grew up. Rosscarb(...)

James O’Donoghue: “I felt great for two or three months after winning the All-Ireland, but now I am kind of back to square one again.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“I’m starting from down here again,” says James O’Donoghue, pointing to the ground beneath his feet. Which of course means the only way to go is up.Th(...)

Dublin heavyweight CRH ended the day down 0.44 per cent at €25.62

European shares fell yesterday, with the Spanish and Greek stock markets hit by concerns about Greece’s debt problems and a poor local election resul(...)

Kerry Airport. It recorded a profit after tax of almost €19,000 in 2014, up from  €4,100 in 2013

Passenger numbers at Kerry Airport fell slightly in 2014, according to the regional airport’s results announced yesterday.More than 295,000 people us(...)