For the first time the CSO have also provided an analysis of the top ten most popular surnames of babies registered in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Jack is back for the eighth year running as the most popular boy’s baby name in Ireland while Emily has again topped the table as Ireland’s most popul(...)

Gemma and Triona King: ‘We go on holidays. We go to football matches. We enjoy meeting people in pubs. Our lifestyle doesn’t curtail us.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Meet Gemma and Triona King, identical twins and consecrated virgins who celebrate their 60th birthday today. Both women have been pioneers all thei(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

Finbarr Boyle (35) of Annalee Manor, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, and originally from Ardara, Co Donegal, was the principal of Kilnaleck National School in Co Cavan until 2013. He is facing five separate counts of stealing a total of €73,320 from the Department of Social Protection between November 2009 and February 2011. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A book of evidence has been served on a former national school principal who faces charges of embezzling money from a Cavan primary school at Cavan(...)

Portmarnock is one of six beaches that  have achieved dual  Blue Flag and Green Coast status. Photograph: Collins

Blue Flags have been awarded to 81 beaches and five marinas around the State’s coastline - six more than last year. Six of the 81 beaches are also amo(...)

Cork’s  Mark Collins: pierced the Dublin attack to score a goal in the league final at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin’s defence has certainly improved this year, but chinks remain in their armour particularly in terms of being caught out on the counter attac(...)

Car collisions are more common in summer: “A  1 per cent reduction in the general speed around the country can reduce the fatality rate by 4 per cent.”

A 125 km/h crash has the same impact on a human body as falling from nine storeys, according to the television commercial. The New Zealand ad shows a (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the results of the referendum on marriage equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Voters passed the same-sex marriage referendum by 62 per cent to 38 per cent, with all but one of the State’s 43 constituencies voting Yes. At just (...)

Senators Katherine Zappone and David Norris: the latter was told in the Supreme Court in 1983 that homosexuality was “morally wrong, and has been so regarded by mankind throughout the centuries. It cannot be said of it . . . that no harm is done if it is conducted in private by consenting males. Very serious harm may in fact be involved.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

On a Friday morning in April 1983, David Norris, then a 38-year-old lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, took his place in the public gallery of the Su(...)

Panti raises her arms with supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Tributes and expressions of pride continued to come from political figures in the United States on Saturday in response to Ireland’s unprecedented pop(...)