Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland has hired the well-known political journalist and author John Drennan as one of its key advisers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland has hired a well-known political journalist and author as one of its advisers. John Drennan, a former political edit(...)

Damon Albarn and the  Blur who have been confirmed as headliners for this year’s Electric Picnic

Blur have been confirmed as one of the headline acts for this year's Electric Picnic. The former Britpop stalwarts have just released their fir(...)

Increase in repossession orders will put pressure on Government to find ways to help families in arrears. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The rate at which homes are being repossessed has increased by more than 500 per cent since last year, according to figures from the Courts Service(...)

A legal challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s decision granting permission for a windfarm in the midlands has been rejected by the Commercial Court.In the p(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly said his immediate priority was ‘to ensure that no child is at risk of harm’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Child safety concerns have been raised following the discovery of some 700 files which may not have been assessed by social workers in the Laois/Offal(...)

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(...)