The judge  dismissed the charges calling the evidence “somewhat ropey” and “conflicting and confusing”. File photograph: Collins Courts

Three charges of assault brought against a care assistant were dismissed at a special sitting of Longford District Court on Friday. Roberta Neilon Hy(...)

They call them lawnmower beers in the United States. Light, golden and thirst-quenching, they’re the type of cool beverage knocked back when the sun (...)

 John Paul and Frances Doyle of Kenagh Co Longford say they had no option but to move into an empty council house without permission. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A local authority has no suitable council accommodation for a couple and their five young children who say they had “no option” but to move into an em(...)

Rory O’Flaherty (right), chairman Lough Lein Anglers presenting the Charity Cup to Noel Duane, winner of fly-fishing competition in Killarney

Stationed on the bridge overlooking the canal stretch alongside Ross Castle on Lough Lein in Killarney, Timothy O’Sullivan, “Timo” to his friends, be(...)

 Two men are on trial charged with murdering a 23-year-old by beating him unconscious and leaving him to drown in a river. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The jury will resume its deliberations on Friday morning in the trial of two men charged with murdering a 23-year-old by beating him unconscious and l(...)

A local authority has started High Court proceedings against a couple it claims have moved into a vacant council house without permission. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A local authority has started High Court proceedings against a couple which it claims has moved into a vacant council house without permission. Longf(...)

A planned strike by paramedics in the Midlands on Tuesday has been deferred. Nintety-four percent of National Ambulance Service Representative Associ(...)

Sgt Tony McCarthy at the AGSI conference: “Recruitment hasn’t kept up with retirements and we’ve lost a lot of experienced people”. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus.

Sgt Tony McCarthy Skibbereen Garda station, 34 years’ service Pay is the big issue. We were promised a restoration of our pay and that hasn’t ha(...)

Floods surround a house in the Golden Island area of Athlone on January 6th this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Local authorities have been paid half of the costs submitted for the clean-up of the recent countrywide floods. Councils from across the country requ(...)

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are on the trail of a fourth successive league win, a feat achieved only twice before in football. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The audit of the National Football League is nearly complete. It’s an unusual competition in that the evidence of a given campaign isn’t considered hu(...)