On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

Vincent Jennings is upfront about representing the interests of 1,200 retailers who sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. He is also upfront abo(...)

Dispute: Fr Scully House, on Gardiner Street, in an architect’s impression

Retiring to Spain sounds like an attractive option when you consider Irish winters, but one couple say that the glamour of eating and drinking out can(...)

Louth county council has granted Kevin Woods planning permission for a ‘leprechaun cave’ which he has built on his own land in Carlingford. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

As former sales manager at the PJ Carroll cigarette factory in Dundalk, Co Louth, Kevin Woods is well versed in selling. So when a publican in his nat(...)

Jessica Kingston, theatre nurse and winner of RTÉ’s “Ireland’s Fittest Family”, took on Dr Owen Power at the “Smoothie Bike Challenge” during Health and Wellness Awareness day at the Bons Secours Hospital in Cork.

Orla Kelleher, who works at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, is more aware than most of the stresses on healthcare staff. “A large healthcare organis(...)

Photograph: DSPCA

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals co-ordinated almost 50 callouts this week to check on reports of neglected horses. “We saw(...)

Cable guy: laying fibre broadband. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty

Bernard Coyle says high-speed broadband was first promised for rural Ireland in 2000. “It’s like waiting for a bus. If you wait long enough, one will (...)

All at sea: “80 per cent of our tourists are from the domestic market, so there are a lot of people this will affect,” says Simon Murray. Photograph: IIC/Axiom/Getty

‘Do you want to be responsible for the depopulation of one more island?” Simon Murray, of the community-development programme on Inishbofin, asked mem(...)

Lonely path: at first Calvin O’Brien didn’t talk about splitting up and becoming a father. Photograph: Vetta/Getty

Calvin O’Brien is a third-year computer-science student at the National College of Ireland. He returned home to repeat exams in August after spending (...)

Raw nature: Owen Crawford – with his partner, Mimi Pierson – has started delivering bottled raw milk

Owen Crawford drinks up to a pint of raw milk with his breakfast every morning. “It’s so much thicker and creamier and almost sweet. Although I’m not (...)

Manor Street in Waterford where  anti-Roma protests took place

Gaby Muntean moved to Ireland in 2000 with her husband, seeking out a better life. “I left my son with my mother because I didn’t speak English and we(...)