Michael Martin  leaving Portlaoise District Court. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

A 35-year-old man has appeared at a special sitting of Portlaoise District Court charged with false imprisonment of a young girl.Michael Martin with a(...)

Garda image of the silver Nissan X-Trail 4 x 4 the alleged abductor was driving. Photograph: Garda Press Office

A 35-year-old man remained in Garda custody on Thursday night where he was being questioned over allegations he attempted to abduct a young girl in Co(...)

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. Photograph: Macra na Feirme

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. The candidates are(...)

The Electric Picnic festival capacity could be increased to 47,000, its promoter has said.

The Electric Picnic festival capacity could be increased to 47,000, its promoter has said. Promoter Melvin Benn of Festival Republic said he is lookin(...)

Derek Brockwell escaped custody on February 17th and was recaptured. Photograph: Irish Prison Service /PA

Gardaí investigating the escape from prison custody of armed robber Derek Brockwell and the stabbing of two prison officers have arrested another pris(...)

 Snow is seen at Glencullen in the Dublin mountains from earlier this year. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 0:21

Weather forecasts left the country braced for widespread snowfall overnight, much of it determined to stick around. Whatever individual counties wa(...)

Cameras are brandished by both sides as water charge protesters gather outside the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 0:49

The campaign against water charges has become the first popular protest in Ireland to make widespread use of social media – especially video channe(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor make his first start of the year as his side face Monaghan at MacHale Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

SATURDAY Division One Tyrone v Derry, Healy Park, 7.0, Live Setanta Ireland  It’s been going from bad to worse for Derry and manage(...)

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters during a protest about direct provision at the Department of Justice last November.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Justice-appointed working group on direct provision has been accused by a group working with asylum seekers of failing to take into (...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

A two-week break during an assault trial did not render a conviction unsafe. DPP vs Franey (2015) IECA 15 (Court of Appeal, Edwards J, February 4th, 2(...)