Portlaoise hospital. The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the health service, the head of the Health Service Executive has warned. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: he instructed his officials to put pressure on the HSE

It is almost a year since the Health Service Executive promised an investigation into whether staff should be disciplined arising from the deaths of i(...)

Prison officers were “over exaggerating” the facilities made available to serious criminals in the State’s jails and it was crucial the prison system (...)

 There will be revised schedules on all routes to and from Heuston Station on Saturday and Sunday due to line improvement works between Hazelhatch and Portlaoise. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Rail commuters are set for a bank holiday weekend of travel disruption with works curtailing services to and from Connolly and Heuston stations. Iris(...)

Prison officers are to seek a meeting with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to urge An Garda Síochána to investigate attacks on prison staff by prisoners. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison officers are to seek a meeting with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to urge An Garda Síochána to investigate attacks on prison staff by pr(...)

Noelle Hyland and Tony Burke Noelle, from Athy in Co Kildare, met farmer Tony in 2012 after a biker rally in his native Co Laois. “Tony fastened my(...)

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Joe Healy, has criticised milk processor Glanbia over the price it is paying to suppliers. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The new president of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Joe Healy, has criticised milk processor Glanbia over the price it is paying to suppliers. Mr He(...)

Last month, five young men died by suicide in Newbridge, Co Kildare. File photograph: Getty Images

A priest speaking out about the tragedy of seven suicides in three weeks in Co Laois has said the clergy are becoming “sacramental firemen” going from(...)

Brian Meehan (47), from Crumlin, is serving a life sentence having being convicted in 1999 of the murder of Veronica Guerin in June 1996. File photograph: Ronan Quinlan/Collins

A Dublin man’s attempt to have his conviction for murdering journalist Veronica Guerin declared a miscarriage of justice has been dismissed by the Cou(...)

Nicky Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the Sallins train robbery. a crime he had no part in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The celebrated civil rights lawyer Paul O’Dwyer had done everything he could to persuade a desperately homesick Nicky Kelly, who had been sentenced to(...)