On Thursday, John O’Donoghue – of Toomaline, Doon, Co Limerick – returned to his home and saw it was being ransacked. He died of a heart attack. Photogaph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Two men are due to appear before a special court sitting on Saturday in connection with a burglary in Co Limerick where a 62-year-old man died after d(...)

The scene outside a house in Doon in Co Limerick where the body of John O’Donoghue (62) was found following a suspected burglary. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

A postmortem is due to be carried out on Friday on the body of a 62-year-old man who is believed to have suffered a heart attack after discovering two(...)

Patrick O’Donoghue in the RTÉ series The Gleneagle. Photograph: RTÉ

In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart’s Rick famously complains: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” And of all t(...)

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are each paid €80,810 annually. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed in th(...)

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed to th(...)

What will happen if you can’t afford to pay water charges? “An attachment order could be made to your wages or social welfare payments. To take money from people on social welfare would be very controversial, not to mention unfair.” File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish Water and its bills are in the news again?Yes. This time the story is about how a utility that does not have the power to cut anyone off can mak(...)

In 2008 the Abbey received €10 million; next year it will receive just €5.8 million. But the Abbey, delivered from debt in 2005 by a government bailout, has remained financially stable

Earlier this week, when the board of the Abbey Theatre officially began to recruit for a new director, it was hard not to think back to the last chan(...)

Mary Hanafin and Micheal Martin  at unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mary Hanafin is now expected to be the only former senior Fianna Fail minister outside the Dail seeking a party nomination to contest the next general(...)

Given the disputes between the lawyers in the Ian Bailey case, a dry run of the evidence of former Director of Public Prosecutions Jim Hamilton (above) was heard in the absence of the jury to determine what he could say before them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two former Directors of Public Prosecutions, Eamonn Barnes and Jim Hamilton, considered the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Pl(...)

 Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts earlier this month. Photograph: Collins.

1991: English journalist, Ian Bailey moves to Ireland and settles in West Cork where he meets Welsh artist, Jules Thomas and sets up home with her and(...)