James Donlon: “They are all enthusiastic about meeting other Irish planners, and about keeping a foot in the door at home as well, so they might be able to return at some point.”

James Donlon (26) felt lucky to secure a JobBridge place on a graduate programme with a town planning agency in Dublin in July 2011. But by the end o(...)

Kathleen Reynolds follows the coffin as it is carried from the Mansion House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At nearly 10pm on Saturday night, the queue to sympathise with an exhausted Kathleen Reynolds and her family was still moving slowly up the aisle of D(...)

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds with his wife, Kathleen, in 1996: he got a palpable buzz out of life and people, without a drop of alcohol passing his lips (apart from a sip of champagne in September 1994 when the IRA declared a ceasefire, his life’s great achievement). Photograph: Frank Miller

It was 1977, the general election was in full swing and the one feature that could not be ignored – apart from Fianna Fáil’s brazen, vote-buying mani(...)

A file image from 1986 of Albert Reynolds at the C&D Pet Food factory in Edgeworthstown Co Longford. Photograph: Collins

Despite his deteriorating health in recent years, the death of former Fianna Fail taoiseach Albert Reynolds has been met with shock and sadness in Lon(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Counting votes in Keenagh Community Centre during the Westmeath-Longford byelection last may: photographers had no access to wifi to send photos of the winner back to newsrooms; the mobile phone signal was also too weak for the task. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

As the counting of votes in the local and European elections got under way last May, candidates and media packed into community halls around the coun(...)

 Dr James Reilly  approved 17 projects for payment that had not been recommended by officials. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Counties Westmeath and Longford fared worst in the distribution of National Lottery funding from the Department of Health when James Reilly was minis(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, after unveiling a Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins will represent Ireland at events on Monday in Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War(...)

A  Bord na Mona  peat powered Power station in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Despite the weight of conventional wisdom to the contrary, issues can and do move at high speed within the public sector. On Monday morning, the Na(...)

Gardaí in Athlone have appealed for anyone who may have seen the car Patryk Krupa left Athlone Town in on Friday, June 20th to contact them. The body of Mr Krupa  was discovered partially submerged in the river Shannon. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Gardaí in Athlone are appealing for anyone who may have seen the car Patryk Krupa left Athlone town in on Friday, June 20th to contact them. The body (...)