The blocks have begun to crack and disintegrate, evidenced by cracked cement stucco, or plaster, covering the blocks. Photograph: PA

A former senior local government official has been asked to head a panel of experts looking into why concrete blocks used in buildings in Co Donegal a(...)

Stephen Rochford: will bring his Mayo team to Cork for the opening Allianz League clash at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday.  Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

He accepts that the position of Mayo manager is a pressurised one but Stephen Rochford doesn’t believe that the challenge is especially daunting. He (...)

Kevin McManamon: believes Dublin’s successes in the league in recent years have helped the team go on to secure championship glory. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Like many of his most striking contributions in Croke Park, it comes late in the day. Towards the end of his interview at yesterday’s launch of this y(...)

 The owner and  staff of Careys in Belmullet celebrating selling the winning lottery  ticket. The photograph shows owner Lorraine O’Connor (centre) with   Billy O’Connor and  Molly O’Connor and  staff members Sarah Conmy and Hazel O’Connor. Photograph:  Paul Mealey.

Erris, in north-west Mayo, may be the best place to go wild in the country, according to an Irish Times competition in 2014, but Belmullet is now be t(...)

All-Ireland champions Dublin have won 10 of the last 11 Leinster football championships. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By rights this should be a week of intrigue and speculation. For its first business of 2016 the GAA’s Central Council is going to determine no less we(...)

Serious flooding outside Longford town on December 31st, 2015, in the wake of a series of storms that have hit the country. Photograph: Niamh Towey/The Irish Times

Meteorological agencies in Ireland and the UK announced a joint scheme for naming storms this winter. Not long after that, the storms named under th(...)

Ross Castle, Killarney National Park. Widespread rain and gail-force winds are expected as Storm Frank hits the country. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Western, southern and midlands counties are braced for a battering over the coming days with strong winds, high tides and heavy rain expected across t(...)

Paul Cribbin’s performances were a big positive of Kildare’s championship year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

After a topsy-turvy 2015 Kildare’s Paul Cribbin says that a change was needed in the county even though he is grateful to Jason Ryan, who stepped do(...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. The number(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government has announced details of a regional jobs strategy that it says will generate 25,000 extra jobs. The West Action Plan for Jobs aims to d(...)