As well as being charged with administering an unidentified drug to a woman  between September 1st and October 31st last year, Philip Griffiths (24) faces accusations that he assaulted the woman and possessed a kitchen knife with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. File photograph: Getty Images

A Co Tyrone man appeared in court today charged with giving a woman drugs to procure an abortion. As well as being charged with administering an uni(...)

Proud parents Emma McErlane (who gave birth, in purple) with partner Michele Devlin and  their new baby daughter, who was born at 3.50am and weighed 8lb 12 oz, at the Mater Hospital, Belfast, on Friday, January 1st, 2016. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A lesbian couple whose baby girl was born in the in the early hours of New Year’s Day have declared that love “is the most important thing”. Speaking(...)

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

The Westin is the third hotel in Dublin to be acquired by John Malone and his Irish partners Lalco, operated by John Lally and Paul Higgins. The others are the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street and Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Malone, the billionaire behind UPC-owner Liberty Global, has bought the five-star Westin Hotel in Dublin for €65 million. The acquisition is exp(...)

Flights of fancy: winged ants. Illustration: Michael Viney

In all that heat last month, and near enough to the silly season, these islands conjured not a single insect “plague”. No kamikaze squadrons of water (...)

Labour TD Colm Keaveney tweeted in Latin before voting against the Government and leaving the Labour parliamentary party.

From a TD leaving the Government whip via a latin message to a bogus statment potentially changing the result of the presidential election, Twi(...)