Enda Kenny: “We will continue to lessen the burden of taxation on those people in the budget in October.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Tuesday night gave an indication that the government will run close to its full term when he predicted the next general electi(...)

Grassroots canvassing: Bobby Aylward, the Fianna Fáil candidate, looking for support in Piltown, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Amid birdsong and beneath blue skies, rural Co Kilkenny is revealing some of its glories:green fields, the budding beech and oak of Jenkinstown woods,(...)

A man who bit 40 per cent of a student’s ear off in an unprovoked attack at a fast food outlet, has avoided going to jail Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

A man who bit 40 per cent of a student’s ear off in an unprovoked attack at a fast food outlet, has avoided going to jail.David Fitzgerald, (25) Lynwo(...)

Fianna Fáil councillor and solicitor Patrick McKee, who is currently Leas-Cathoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, is expected to contest the upcoming by-election in Carlow Kilkenny for Lucinda Creighton’s new political party Renua. Image: Youtube

Lucinda Creighton’s new political party Renua Ireland is set to poach a Fianna Fáil councillor to run in the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny.So(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has described Henry Shefflin as the best he has ever seen. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has paid tribute to retired Kilkenny record holder Henry Shefflin, describing him as the best hurler he’d ever seen.Speaki(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald chaired a  meeting of Fine Gael’s election strategy committee this week which  heard the party was short of its  target of women candidates for the  election. Photograph:

Fine Gael may have to add some women candidates to a few of the party’s general election tickets – including where there is an incumbent TD – to comp(...)

Galway manager Kevin Walsh: will be hoping to build upon the county’s recent All-Ireland successes at U-21 level. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho
Previews

Saturday Waterford Crystal Cup (Munster SH) semi-finals Cork v Clare, Mallow, 1.0 – Cork make the customary raft of changes, resting Pau(...)

 Eugene Magee:  will lend his considerable experience to the Ireland side in South Africa. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s senior men play the first Test match of 2015 on Sunday in Cape Town as they take on South Africa to kickstart their Olympic qualifying prep(...)

 London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith has left the club on compasisonate grounds and will return to Australia. (Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

London Irish have confirmed the rugby director Brian Smith’s departure from the club. He has been granted early release from his contract, which wa(...)

Ireland coach Craig Fulton: “It is the perfect training environment and we couldn’t ask for better opposition.  Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The Irish senior men’s team have opted for warm-weather training in South Africa in January, rather than Alicante this week, as their key preparatio(...)