Sean Dunne and his wife Gayle Killilea in Ouragh’s vast first-floor drawingroom during a photoshoot for the New York Times in 2008.  ©Photograph: Derek Speirs 5:19

In 2002, when bankrupt developer Sean Dunne built his 8,700sq ft home on Dublin’s exclusive Shrewsbury Road, he was well on his way to earning the tit(...)

Richard Bruton: said the Government was sitting down with stakeholders to see how the potential of the regions could be best developed

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton rejected a claim that the Government was neglecting rural Ireland in heated Dáil exchanges with Fianna Fáil TD Barry(...)

Fergal and Barry Doyle at Arboretum

It wasn’t the advent of the recession, austerity and declining consumer spending that hit Arboretum garden centre hard. Rather, a new road bypassing t(...)

As the economy recovers, public satisfaction with the Government has risen to its highest point in four years and the pattern is most pronounced among(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: under pressure to deliver badly-needed victory in Carlow-Kilkenny Dáil byelection. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 9:08

Fianna Fáil needs to win the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection to secure a much-needed boost for the party and its leader, Micheál Martin.Victory would copp(...)

The marriage equality referendum may generate intense public interest next week but politicians will concentrate on assessing the implications of the (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin with Carlow-Kilkenny byelection candidate Bobby Aylward at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in  Dublin last month. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Fine Gael is making a late push in the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny as it senses its candidate could beat the current favourite, Fianna Fáil(...)

Babies found abandoned are a regular  occurance. Photograph: Getty

At about 8am on a Saturday in April 2012, gardaí were contacted by a Gardiner Street hostel in Dublin. Staff had discovered a two-week-old boy left ly(...)

Increase in repossession orders will put pressure on Government to find ways to help families in arrears. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The rate at which homes are being repossessed has increased by more than 500 per cent since last year, according to figures from the Courts Service(...)

A letter was sent to then minister for local government Phil Hogan from Carlow County Council seeking extra funds. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Carlow County Council received an additional €1 million last year after its members vowed to take up their budget grievances with local TD and then m(...)