At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Keys said: “It would be improper and unconscionable for a jury to convict Mr Galbraith in the circumstances presented by the State.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Two young boys saw their father repeatedly slashed in the face with a carpet knife in an unprovoked assault at a daylight “ambush” at a cemetery in En(...)

At Ennis District Court, Garda Michael Daniels described  pre-Christmas panic at  Ennis shopping centre, adding the centre was placed in lockdown mode as two families confronted each other in the  main foyer a week before Christmas 2013. Photograph: Reuters

Wheelchair users and elderly citizens were caught up in the cross-fire at a busy Ennis shopping mall as bottles of wine from Tesco were thrown(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr  Federico Lombardi: “This is just nonsense . . . It is simply not a realistic possibility that Pope Francis will name women cardinals for the February consistory.” Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Holy See yesterday dismissed as “nonsense” weekend Irish media reports that Pope Francis might nominate two Irish women as cardinals. Responding t(...)