Left behind: Caroline Dwyer and her daughter Aisling in room 457 of Hotel las Americas, in Santa Cruz. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

They wore summer dresses and sandals, and you could at first glance have mistaken them for a mother and daughter off on a girls’ holiday together. But(...)

After a nail-biting 10-minute auction featuring multiple bidders and two last-second interventions, Hayes Hotel was sold for €650,000. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The end was almost as tense as a Kilkenny-Tipp hurling final as the Thurles hotel where the GAA was formed 130 years ago went under the hammer follow(...)

The Georgian Drumcondra House at the centre of All Hallows College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

All Hallows College in Dublin’s Drumcondra, owned by the Vincentian congregation, is for sale for over €14 million. However its board is open to buyin(...)

 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 (...)

The Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald, TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan met with students in Templemore. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Having switched from a career as a Montessori teacher and cut short her stint working in Africa to come home and take up her place as a trainee gar(...)

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(...)

HCJV is a property company linked to one of the country’s biggest Super Valu franchisees. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Mark Paul, Business Affairs CorrespondentReceivers have taken control of the HCJV, a property company linked to the Caulfield McCarthy retail group, o(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  said to have told a private meeting at the Fine Gael “think-in” in Co Cork on Thursday that the true level of his department’s budget adjustment in 2014 is €900 million. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost 300 hospital beds will be closed and 2,400 fewer high-tech operations carried out next year if the Government insists on making further spendin(...)

The department says it would have to cut health spending by €213 million to comply with the ceiling set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for the review. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA

Potential cuts of up to €833 million in the health budget are outlined in the Department of Health’s submission to the Government’s comprehensive r(...)

Chairman of the Parole Board John Costello and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at the publication of the annual report of the board. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday the Government has yet to decide whether or not any more Garda recruits will begin training.Th(...)