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. T(...)

Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)

Rónán MacLochlainn’s coffin leaves Massey Brothers Funeral Home in Finglas Village,Dublin on May 6th, 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A detective garda has described a “ridiculous” situation involving an obviously pregnant, armed member of the Garda National Surveillance Unit (NSU) r(...)

Ireland’s Jonny Sexton is tackled and injured by France’s Louis Picamoles during the recent match at the Millennium Stadium. The physical attrition in rugby is considerable. Photo: David Davies/PA

By now the GAA is quite practised at coping with big international sporting events involving Irish teams but there was still some apprehension in Crok(...)

Daniel “Woody” Woodgate (left) and his brother Nick, in a publicity shot from the official website of their band,  Magic Brothers.

A member of the band Madness warned of the dangers of taking hallucinogenic drugs as he helped launch a new schizophrenia treatment programme in Dubli(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)

Golfer Greg Norman with Turfgrass owner and director John Clarkin.

There were plenty of people watching the US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington in June with avid interest, but while most were focusing on who had the(...)

The man in the dripping wet plastic mac dug into his bag of chips. “It’s not a bit like Morecambe, where I went a couple of years ago,” he said. “But (...)

Several locations have received more notifications for adverse weather so far this year than they did in the whole of 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

It’s official: the wet and windy southwest has endured the wildest weather since Met Éireann’s colour-coded warning system was introduced in 2012.Data(...)

Fergal and Barry Doyle at Arboretum

It wasn’t the advent of the recession, austerity and declining consumer spending that hit Arboretum garden centre hard. Rather, a new road bypassing t(...)