US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley speaking with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at confirmation hearing before the Senate foreign relations committee in July.

The American Ireland Fund, the influential philanthropic group, sent a strongly worded letter of frustration to the Democratic and Republican leaders (...)

Gardaí are working with Interpol to try to contact the next of kin of an elderly man found dead in Westport, Co Mayo.

An elderly man is believed to have lain dead in an apartment in Co Mayo for up to a month before his body was discovered.Gardaí are working with Inter(...)

Kilkenny Castle taken from  St John’s Bridge. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan/The Irish Times

After putting on a thrilling display in the All Ireland hurling final yesterday, Kilkenny has another reason to feel proud today. It has been named Ir(...)

Ronan and Donard McGreevy. Photograph: Brian Cross

You know that moment when you’ve reached the end of your 99? There’s just the point of the cone left, with just a tiny glob of ice-cream on top. Yo(...)

Ballinacourty, Dungarvan, Co Waterford €750,000 Denise Radley Auctioneers

Ballinacourty, Dungarvan, Co Waterford €750,000 Denise Radley Auctioneers With an outdoor swimming pool and panoramic sea views, you have the c(...)

 Mr Justice Peter Kelly was told that Ulster Bank had initially sought judgment for some €33 million. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ulster Bank has obtained judgment for some €25 million against two Dublin businessmen arising from loans for property development.Wesley Curran and Gr(...)

Dam beavers: the animals can change the environment. Illustration: Michael Viney

The correspondence prompted by this column over the years has often been richly instructive. And along with the observations that nourish Eye on Natur(...)

Moynalty has won this year’s Tidy Towns competition. Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan announced the results in Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Department of the Environment

Moynalty, Co Meath has won the overall title of Ireland’s tidiest town. The announcement was made by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan wh(...)

Flights of fancy: winged ants. Illustration: Michael Viney

In all that heat last month, and near enough to the silly season, these islands conjured not a single insect “plague”. No kamikaze squadrons of water (...)

Michelle Doorley principal at the National School at Ballinkillen, Co Carlow reading a statement in regards to the deaths of five-year-old Ruairí Chada and his 10-year-old brother Eoghan, pupils of her school. In the background are teachers and staff. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Gardaí are treating as a murder inquiry their investigation into the deaths of Ruairí (5) and Eoghan (10) Chada after postmortems on their remains fou(...)