Michael Martin leaving Portlaoise Circuit Court, after been given a 17 years sentence. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

It could be argued that, if more resources were diverted from the penal side of the criminal justice system towards the probation side, the rehabilita(...)

Michael Martin, who abducted an 11-year-old girl. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

A man who attempted to abduct a young girl in Laois has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, with the final four years suspended. Michael Martin (36)(...)

A passion for the sea and hard sleepless nights on a rolling platform are prerequisites among crew seeking a berth on a trawler. Photograph: EPA

Dangerous, dysfunctional and overregulated in parts: the fishing industry rarely makes headlines for any of the right reasons. A passion for the sea (...)

Michael Martin had 92 previous convictions, including one for false imprisonment, and was on bail at the time. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

A 10-year-old boy who clung to the window of a moving 4x4 to rescue his older sister when she was abducted by a man has been commended for his brave(...)

Ben Fox butcher at Fays on Thomas Street.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Butchers are bracing for short-term reaction to the “vague” new report linking processed and red meats to cancer but expect no “great effect” to sales(...)

Micheál Martin: worried about the “overarching” influence of the army council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Do you remember Lola? She was a showgirl. She danced in the Copacabana, but that was 30 years ago when there used to be a show. Then times changed and(...)

Fionnuala Kenny the wife of the Fine Gael leader Enda`Kenny with cardboard images of her husband , at a rally of supporters in Dublin’s Temple Bar in 2007 Photograph: Eric Luke

Perhaps you missed it. “Fionnuala, you are down there. I know you put up with an awful lot. You’re a great woman, the best I met.” Ah here, Enda. “The(...)

Sir Edward Carson’s statue seen behind a road sign at Stormont on Thursday in Belfast. A political crisis has erupted following the murder of Kevin McGuigan  last month. Photograph: Getty

The leader of Fianna Fáil has said the suspension of the institutions in Northern Ireland to allow comprehensive talks represented the “lesser of two (...)

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy: medal for bravery awarded for exceptional courage and resolve in the face of debilitating bubble-blindness. Photograph: AP Photo/ Thierry Charlier

'Dragon's Den' Enterprise Award Start-ups are springing up all over Leinster House as the SME sector experiences significant uplift on the poli(...)

Galway’s Danny Cummins celebrates scoring his side’s  goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway 1-11 Derry 0-8 The rap sheet on this Galway side is getting harder and harder to stand over. For the second weekend in a row they won a (...)