A 2011 photograph of former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds (right) with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese to thank those who have assisted her throughout her fourteen years as president. 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(...)

The Willis Clan from Nashville, Tennessee, performing in a previous year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

With “cuts” being the most uttered word in the arts sector, festivals have continued to look to private funders to make their events happen. But sp(...)

The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said it is not reasonable that the asylum process should go on for years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Catholic bishop has accused the Government of cynicism in its treatment of asylum seekers while at the same time appealing for an amnesty for illega(...)

The collision involving two Garda motorbikes took place at about 10am on the junction of Clarion Road and Manorhamilton Road. File image: Google Street View

Two gardaí were seriously injured in a collision in Sligo town today.The traffic corps members were each on a motorbike when both bikes were involved (...)

Host Daithí Ó Sé with Dublin Rose Roisin Lyons prepare for the Rose of Tralee Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
What’s on for the weekend

The Merriman Summer SchoolThe Merriman Summer School continues in Glór, Ennis, Co Clare until Sunday. Emotional Life in Ireland is the theme, and ther(...)

Dublin student Megan Ross who has achieved eight A1s in her Leaving Certificate after battling thyroid cancer will travel to the US next week to begin her studies at Harvard University.

A Dublin student who has achieved eight A1s in her Leaving Certificate after battling thyroid cancer will travel to the US next week to begin her stud(...)

The hearing was moved to the Republic amid concerns that medics from Sligo could not be compelled north of the Border.

A coroner has bowed to pressure and offered to almost treble the number of witnesses for an inquest into the death of a woman who died days after givi(...)

Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin, who got Nine A1s in the Leaving Certificate, celebrates with classmates at St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

Conor Gallagher, the student who achieved the highest results in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams, said “nothing could have prepared him” for ach(...)

More than 28,000 commercial property units lay vacant in Ireland in the second quarter of 2014. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

More than 28,000 commercial property units lay vacant in Ireland in the second quarter of 2014, an increase on the number of disused premises for the (...)

Dr Tony Bazley, regional director of 
the
 exploration company Tamboran: “We would ask for people to keep an open mind and make a decision based on the facts, not misinformation.”

Dr Tony Bazley is the regional director of the exploration company Tamboran based in Co Down who has the task of trying to sell shale gas exploration (...)