Paul Farrelly of Drummully Boxty at his kitchen near Killeshandra,  Co Cavan. Photograph: Barry Cronin. 2:44

The origins of boxty are in dispute. Some say the word is an English corruption of the Irish arán bocht tí (bread of the poor house); others say it co(...)

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(...)

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy (r) has been installed as the favourite to win the Rose of Tralee after her performance in the Dome last night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy has been installed as the favourite to win the Rose of Tralee after her performance in the Dome last night. (...)

The credit card company MBNA has announced its intention to close its call centre at Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim with the loss of up to 160 full time jobs. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The credit card company MBNA has announced its intention to close its call centre at Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim with the loss of 160 full time job(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

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 (...)

To frack or not to frack

To frack, or not to frack: that is the question. This fateful decision confronts us here in Ireland, just as it has confronted others elsewhere – whet(...)

Protestors pictured at the Belcoo anti-fracking demonstration in County Fermanagh

Exploration company Tamboran Resources has expressed deep concern, after the rejection of its application to drill a shale gas bore hole near Belcoo(...)

Protestors outside West Sussex County Council offices last month after an application by a shale company to explore for oil and gas  near Wisborough Green in West Sussex was turned down. Photograph: Ruth Lumley/PA

Something unusual happened in West Sussex last month: a small rural community took on the fracking industry – and won. Indeed, the people of Wisboroug(...)