President Michael D Higgins giving the opening address at Aosdana General Assembly in The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A 40 per cent cut in funding to Irish arts in recent years was an illustration of the “peripheral” place they occupy in Irish society, President Micha(...)

Cars are loaded on to transporters at McCabes’ garage in Ardee yesterday. McCabes had invested significantly in new premises, moving to its high-profile showrooms in Ardee in 2005 and Drogheda in 2006. Photograph: Tom Conachy

McCabes Garages of Co Louth, one of the longest-established Toyota dealers in Ireland, has gone into receivership. Located in large showroom facilitie(...)