Garda Colm Cullen (centre) taking part in a campaign on behalf of the Irish Osteoporosis Society in 2006. He died on Thursday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The funeral will take place on Monday of Garda Colm Cullen who continued to serve in the force after he was paralysed in a road traffic collision. Mr (...)

A white swallow at Tacumshin from a photograph by Eric Dempsey. Illustration: Michael Viney

If I were going there this weekend – and I’m sorry I’m not, it’s too far – we would end up taking the road from Wexford to Kilmore Quay and then, a(...)

Clockwise from top left: Patrick Joyce of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods was given 14 years, with four suspended; Michael McDonagh of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock was  sentenced to 12 years, with seven suspended; Dean Byrne of Cabra Park was given 20 years, with four suspended; Thomas Flynn of Moatview Avenue, Coolock got 12 years, with three suspended; Patrick Gately of Primrose Grove, Darndale got 20 years, with four suspended; John Joyce of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede was sentenced to 15 years, with four suspended; and Donal O’Hara of Glin Park, Coolock was given 12 years, with seven suspended.

Prison terms ranging from 12 years to 20 years have been imposed on seven men who admitted carrying out an aggravated burglary during the night at the(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving Fine(...)

The development of networks of maternity units needs to be fast-tracked, a report commissioned by the HSE from a UK health consultant recommends. File photograph: Getty Images

Smaller maternity units cannot operate in isolation and should share staff and facilities in order to provide sustainable services to their local popu(...)

Cathriona White, from Co Tipperary, who was found dead at her LA home on Monday. The beauty therapist was a former partner of actor Jim Carrey. Photograph: Splash News

Cathriona White, an Irish beauty therapist and former girlfriend of actor Jim Carrey, has been found dead in her Los Angeles residence, according to p(...)

A heavy machine gun recovered by  security forces from the Provisional IRA during the decommissioning process. File photograph: PA

“It was hugely significant, we all fell silent. One of the [(IRA)]men handed over a last gun, ceremoniously, to the general. Fr Alec whispered in my e(...)

Sunshine and gun crime: Spain’s Costa del Sol is popular with holidaymakers and Irish criminals. Photograph: PA

The gun murder of Dubliner Gary Hutch (34) is thelatest in a series of killings in which Irish criminals who set off for a lifeof crime in the sun hav(...)

Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary: opposes merger of city and county councils. Photograph: Jim Coughlan/PA Wire

Cork City Council is poised to become the first local authority to mount a legal challenge to the Government after councillors agreed in principle t(...)

In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. They(...)