Mr O’Toole was convicted last December of furnishing a letter to Patrick O’Toole, a Wicklow town-based solicitor and property developer, asserting that development levies of €64,840 had been paid, when this was not the case.

Sentencing in the case of a former Wicklow town clerk found guilty of corruption has been adjourned at Wicklow Circuit Court after counsel claimed a c(...)

The President of the Circuit Court has asked gardaí to investigate a road traffic injury claim after being told Zurich Insurance had pleaded fraud in a full defence. Photograph: Adrian Moser/Bloomberg.

The President of the Circuit Court has asked gardaí to investigate a road traffic injury claim after being told Zurich Insurance believed the proceedi(...)

Bert Wright: “Of all recent Irish novels, none addresses the dilemma of the Irish writer caught between the rock of tradition and the cold hard place that Ireland has become more urgently than Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void”

After half a lifetime spent curating literary events, there is one audience question to which I remain violently allergic. It usually comes at the end(...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Graham Norton in Bantry. Photograph: Darragh Kane

  1 Stories come from the strangest places What inspires Danielle McLaughlin to write a short story? A character? A situation? At a fr(...)

  The Mark and the Void: “By the end of reading William D Cohan’s House of Cards you feel like you’ve been trapped in a lift with six Monty Burnses,” says Paul Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most people loved Paul Murray’s novel Skippy Dies. The energy of its cast of impulsive adolescents, the exuberant detail of its school setting, the fi(...)

Frank O’Toole was remanded on continuing bail for trial on corruption charges in November. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A former Wicklow county and town council official who is facing charges of corruption will be tried in November. Frank O’Toole (63), with an address (...)

Lafcadio Hearn in 1895

“He is the writer in our language who can best be compared with Hans Christian Andersen and the brothers Grimm” - US literary historian Malcolm Cowle(...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)