The late Tony Ryan bought ‘Double Portrait of Robert Mason, of Masonbrook, Loughrea, Co Galway, and Sara Monck, Both Seated in an Interior, a Landscape Beyond’   at Sotheby’s in 2005 for £21,000

Adams Blackrock, the south Co Dublin auction house, has stolen a march on its bigger rivals by securing the sale of the remaining items from the fine (...)

Limerick Prison, where Jason Morrissey was found dead in his cell on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

A prisoner serving 18 years for killing a man outside a nightclub has died from a suspected drug overdose. Jason Morrissey (25) from Toomevara,(...)

A ruling that may have significant implications for speeding cases has been taken at Monaghan District Court. Getty Images

Patsy McArdle A ruling that may have significant implications for speeding cases has been taken at Monaghan District Court. Judge Seán MacBride dismis(...)

What does Budget 2015 have in store? Follow all the action as it unfolds on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Follow Budget 2015 on irishtimes.com where our journalists will be bringing you the latest news and analysis throughout the day. Follow Budget 2015(...)

In June, t the instigation of interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, new procedures were launched under which motorists seeking to have penalty points cancelled were obliged to complete a form available from the Garda website and outline the reasons why they felt the points were unfair.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Garda inquiry into fresh allegations that motorists were continuing to have penalty points terminated for no legitimate reason is expected to conclu(...)

 A motorist is  stopped for speeding. Photograph: The Irish Times

It is no overstatement to say the fresh penalty points controversy will decide the career of interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and in turn (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said it would be ‘jumping to very wide conclusions’ to suggest the force was out of control or undisciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan have urged the public not to jump to any conclusions about al(...)

The AIB branch at Liberty Square in Thurles, Co Tipperary

Three provincial bank branches, two of them rented by AIB and the other occupied by Permanent TSB, will be among the highlights of the next Allsop (...)

A garda operating a speed camera: Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday the new system would not only improve the enforcement and operation of the penalty points system but would also enhance oversight. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Motorists seeking to have penalty points terminated will in future apply through a centralised system over which individual gardaí whom they might tr(...)

Photograph: John D Kelly

In conversation with Rosita Boland: Dan Gallagher is a retired civil servant. He lives in Thurles, Co Tipperary (Click here to go to the full (...)