Murder trial   told   accused had been ‘hanging’ around dead woman’s workplace and ‘freaking her out’ weeks before he stabbed her to death. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A 29-year-old man told his cousin he stabbed a Kilkenny woman to death because she had stolen a “vial of his blood”, “installed hidden cameras” and pu(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said this week that she planned to repeal “rule 68”, which states that religious instruction is “by far the most important part” of the school curriculum. Photograph: Eric Luke

It has not been a good week for the bishops. As they see it the State is insinuating itself into areas of ethos as stealthily as the Shannon has into (...)

Claire (31) was born in the US after her father Bernard moved to New Jersey with the IDA in the 1970s and met Sheila Nolan, Claire’s mother. In 200(...)

An elderly woman was wrestled to the ground after interrupting a group of men robbing her home as hundreds queued  to pay respects to murdered garda Tony Golden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An elderly woman was wrestled to the ground after interrupting a group of men robbing her home while her family were attending a church event in Dunda(...)

Some of the large crowd that attended the Save Our Community Meeting in the Anner Hotel Thurles  photo john d kelly

Up to 1,500 people gathered at a meeting in Thurles on Thursday night to call for urgent reforms of bail laws to help tackle a growing “epidemic” o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a strategy could be drafted by the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Taoiseach has said he hopes a plan can be drafted to deal with the criminal gangs burgling houses and attacking homeowners throughout the country.(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said people living in rural communities in Ireland should not feel as if they are “alone”. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said people living in rural communities in Ireland should not feel as if they are “alone”. The recent death i(...)

The removal of John O’Donoghue from St Patrick’s Church, Doon, Co Limerick. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

A parish priest has appealed to the Government to increase policing in rural Ireland at the funeral of a Co Limerick man who collapsed and died after (...)

“The evidence was clear on paper and we could repeatedly prove it, but people wanted to see it demonstrated step by step through the lifecycle of the horse.” Donal Ryan, with Emmeline Hill and Jim Bolger. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was pilloried for his use of the phrase “unknown unknowns” during a press briefing in 2002. In fact, th(...)

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(...)