Twitter has told all of its non-US users, who make up 77 per cent of all accounts, that from May 18th its services will be provided by Twitter International Company, the entity behind its Dublin operations.  Photograph: Reuters

The Laois office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) will from next month assume responsibility for policing the privacy of about 300 million mo(...)

The dead sea eagle found in her nest only weeks before laying eggs. It’s the 13th poisoning to have occurred since the birds were reintroduced to Connemara

A white-tailed eagle who was just about to lay several eggs died of poisoning at her nest site in Connemara, according to toxicology test results.The (...)

Benjamin Stanley told the High Court he had attended a dancing event at the Castle Arms Hotel and was walking through the hotel foyer when his leg went from under him

A man who claims he slipped in the foyer of a hotel where he had attended a ballroom dance has sued for damages.Benjamin Stanley (67), a retired counc(...)

 The Hiqa report revealed the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise was removed from a list of 10 small hospitals to be downgraded from 24-hour facilities in 2011. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said it is his “duty” to advocate “grade one” services at Portlaoise hospital in his constituency(...)

Teachers’ Union of Ireland general secretary John MacGabhann: “We repudiate the morally dubious proposition that to motivate the rich you must further enrich them but that to motivate the poor you must further impoverish them.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Teachers and lecturers may take strike action unless they are paid equally, regardless of when they began in the profession, following a decision tak(...)

Heidi Higgins, always the best advertisement for her own designs, is celebrating her Portlaoise boutique’s fifth year. Last year she garnered the B(...)

While I’m not sure why it should be so, I think it would be fair to say that champion vegetable growing has traditionally been a peculiarly male pu(...)

First Ireland owns brands like O’Mara’s Irish country cream, Feeney’s Irish cream liqueur and Dubliner Irish whiskey, and sells into 35 markets worldwide.

UK drinks distributor Quintessential Brands is to invest €4 million in its First Ireland subsidiary, which makes a range of Irish cream liqueurs to ri(...)

One of the beautifully restored reception rooms of Ballyfin in Co Laois

If Carson, the butler from Downton Abbey, were to appear on the steps of Ballyfin in Co Laois it would be no great surprise. The demesne’s mile-lon(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)