Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23rd, 2012.  Photograph: Reuters

A 44-year-old Algerian man who attempted to murder his wife by bludgeoning her in the head with a kettle bell is to be sentenced later.Lounes Ouachek (...)

Samir Mansour at the Central Criminal Court, Dublin last week. Photograph: Collins.

A Westmeath chef who raped a young woman after inviting her back to his apartment for a party has been given a seven year sentence.Samir Mansour (48) (...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, who is to appear before the committee this evening and tomorrow morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Progress, or the lack of it, on a range of human rights issues in Ireland will be scrutinised by the United Nations today and tomorrow. Minister for J(...)

Ryanair has cancelled up to 28 flights from Irish airports to and from France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands due to a strike by French air traffic controllers while Aer Lingus has also warned passengers of lengthy delays.

Ryanair has cancelled up to 28 flights from Irish airports to and from France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands due to a strike by French air traff(...)

Olinguito Bassaricyon neblina in Ecuador. Photograph: Mark Gurney

A bug called Tinkerbell, a mammal that looks like a living teddy bear and a see-through shrimp are included in the top 10 new species discovered durin(...)

Aer Lingus and Ryanair passengers experienced widespread delays today with an air traffic control strike in France impacting on flights to internal airports and to those travelling through its airspace.   Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Aer Lingus and Ryanair passengers experienced widespread delays today with an air traffic control strike in France impacting on flights to internal ai(...)

Eoin Colfer: “I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland, which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country.”   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Novelist Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature. The former primary school teacher, bes(...)

Professor Chris Green,  CEO of Circle Oil . Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Oil and gas and exploration firm Circle Oil has announced a new drilling programme in Oman. In an operational up(...)

The wreckage of a Libyan military plane is seen in Grombalia town, south of Tunis.Photograph: Stringer/Reuters.

A Libyan military plane carrying medical patients crashed early today near Tunisia’s capital, killing all 11 crew and passengers on board after(...)

Three years ago the uprising in Tunis sparked off the Arab Spring. On Sunday, after a difficult transition that saw sometimes violent conflict between(...)