New bye-laws have been drafted to provide more wide-ranging powers in response to repeated incidents of loutish behaviour and vast numbers of beer cans left behind on beaches and green areas in Galway during the summer months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Lifeguards, as well as gardaí, may soon have the power to seize alcohol from rowdy crowds on beaches in the west. New bye-laws have been drafted to pr(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave Westminster Abbey after attending a thanksgiving service on Sunday. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Security checks have been carried out on a fishing village in the west in preparation for visit by British royalty.Gardaí have spent recent weeks chec(...)

The stock list from which prisoners can purchase items for sale through tuck shops was released by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) under the Freedom of Information Acts. File photograph: Getty Images

There’s no escaping the popularity of One Direction. Not even in prison. Hardened lags serving time in Irish jails can now count their days of servitu(...)

The thieves forced their way into the unoccupied church through the sacristy door and spent some time inside, removing a safe which was built into a wall before making their escape. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A priest has spoken of the devastation in his parish after his church was vandalised and robbed.Fr Declan McInerney, parish priest of Eyrecourt in eas(...)

A bagpipe band makes its way up 5th Avenue  on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Getty

Guinness is back as sponsor of the world’s biggest St Patrick’s Day parade.The drinks giant withdrew its support of the 2014 parade down Fifth Avenue (...)

A file photograph of Republican Pearse McAuley who has been in remanded in custody for a further two weeks after appearing in court in Co Roscommon.

Republican Pearse McAuley has been in remanded in custody for a further two weeks after appearing in court in Co Roscommon. Mr McAuley (50) is facing (...)

The post office in Cappataggle, Co Galway, had been run by three generations of the Dooley family for 100 years. Photograph: Thinkstock

A rural community saw out the old year in sadness yesterday as their post office closed for the final time after 100 years.Three generations of the Do(...)

The institution with the highest bill for prescription drugs was Wheatfield Place of Detention in Dublin, which spent over €2 million on meds for its prisoners since 2009

Prescription drugs provided to convicted criminals serving time in Irish jails have cost the taxpayer almost €14 million in the past five years.Figure(...)

John Connors (24), who plays the part of pipe-bomb maker Patrick in  RTE TV series Love/Hate, was abused on social media last week after speaking out against racism towards Travellers.

A Love/Hate actor has been on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse after speaking out against racism towards Travellers, a conference on equality(...)

 Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)