The Federation of Irish Sport believes tax breaks for sporting programmes will provide pathways for future stars. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Tax breaks for sporting programmes might be a way of replacing the potential loss of funding from a ban on alcohol sponsorship in sport, Oireachtas(...)

Armed Naval and Gardai personel with the half a billion euro haul of cocaine

Gardaí, Customs and Naval Service members of the Joint Task Force on Drug Interdiction believe that the gang behind the attempt to smuggle over a tonn(...)

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan: a draft report from the Public Accounts Committee is highly critical of his handling of the penalty points controversy. Photograph: David Sleator

Garda superintendents were not held accountable for the high failure rates in serving court summonses on drivers given penalty points, and some membe(...)

Members of the navy  with the cocaine haul seized on the yacht Makayabella, in Haulbowline Naval base, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí are to examine a satellite phone and other communications equipment seized aboard a yacht carrying €80 million worth of cocaine off the coas(...)

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and  History, Collins Barracks. Photograph: Thinkstock

The National Museum of Ireland is being forced to close galleries and has had to cut back on educational guided tours due to funding cuts and staff r(...)

Minister for State warns public following reports of the alleged stretching of petrol, using kerosene or other substances. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris has urged the public to purchase fuel from reputable dealers to avoid contaminated petrol. He said he wa(...)

Taking off at Ireland West Airport Knock, in Co Mayo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is coming under renewed pressure within his own party over the future of Ireland West Airport Knock in his home constituency of (...)

Mayo retain 13 players who started the semi-final between the counties three years ago. Just four Kerry players remain from that day. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Iinpho

Over the past 10 years Mayo have become formidable at winning All-Ireland semi-finals: just one defeat in five outings. The big prize continues to elu(...)

Pte Thomas Barrett (left)and Pte Derek Smallhorne  were abducted and shot dead in 1980 in south Lebanon

A man accused of killing two Irish soldiers will be deported from the United States to his native Lebanon after he dropped his opposition during an im(...)

Retired private John O’Mahony: “He just wanted to know whether I was still willing to testify. I said that’s what this whole thing’s about . . . I said by all means.” Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A retired Irish soldier has been asked to testify at the deportation hearing of a Lebanese man accused of executing two Irish peacekeepers more than (...)