Fine Gael’s Brendan Weld topped the poll in Co Kildare with 1,701 votes. File photograph: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

The Kildare count ended at 3.10am today with the election of three candidates from the Celbridge-Leixlip area. At 2.30am, Fine Gael’s Joe Neville took(...)

Texaco art winner Shania Mc Donagh left from Claremorris, Co Mayo with her winning portrait at the  Hugh Lane Gallery . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times 1:01

Shania McDonagh (16) became one of the most successful artists in the 60-year history of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition when she was cho(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

Abandoned: the unfinished Coill Na Giuise housing estate at Ballytegan, Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Coill na Giúise is the archetypal ghost estate, from the locked gates to the remnants of the billboard that once advertised the development outside Go(...)

Mickey, Cormac and Cathal Mac Connell at the funeral of their brother, Seán Mac Connell, at the Church of the Divine Word, Rathfarnham. Photograph: Frank Miller

The funeral took place in Dublin yesterday of former Agricultural Correspondent of The Irish Times Seán Mac ConnellHis death earlier in the week at th(...)

Belgians Marie van den Hende (left) and Laurence Cosse at the summer camp held at Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare, this week. Photograph: Frank Miller

They came from Beirut, New York and everywhere in between. They arrived by bus and plane, some in wheelchairs and some with crutches. More than 500 pe(...)

  Lucy Best from Lisburn, Co. Antrim, with Matt English, at the  2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Ten years after the Special Olympics was the toast of Ireland when the opening ceremony of the World Summer Games took place in Croke Park, the moveme(...)

Tom Hayes TD was appointed the new Minister of State at the Dept of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, pictured at Government Buildings with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Simon Coveney, TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Two senior Labour Ministers have taken issue with claims by a newly appointed Fine Gael Minister of State that two key Government policy plans have(...)

Twenty-one Irish bathing spots have been stripped of top marks for water quality because of last year’s record wet summer, environment watchdog(...)