Judge Margaret Heneghan: she noted  Michael Moran’s  early guilty plea, that expressed remorse, co-operated with gardaí and had been of previous good character. She imposed a 10-year sentence and suspended the final three years on conditions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail/The Irish Times

A Carlow man who regularly raped his niece and grandniece has been given a 10-year sentence with the final three years suspended. Michael Moran (78), (...)

Children from a Roma community pose for photos at a Roma settlement north of the Greek capital  Athens. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The “migration habits” of many Roma people and the problem in the community internationally of organised theft and begging gangs made them susceptible(...)

Spinning around

While slurping down slimy shellfish at Galway Oyster Festival last week, I may have hit upon the reason bivalves are believed to work wonders for the (...)

Aw shucks, it’s that time of year again. The launch took place yesterday of the Galway Oyster Festival, which is sponsored by Guinness (naturally), am(...)