A man who bit 40 per cent of a student’s ear off in an unprovoked attack at a fast food outlet, has avoided going to jail Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

A man who bit 40 per cent of a student’s ear off in an unprovoked attack at a fast food outlet, has avoided going to jail.David Fitzgerald, (25) Lynwo(...)

The court was told that three men had a machete, slash hook and hockey stick

A man has pleaded guilty to his role in a school-yard feud in Co Clare that had children and teachers running for cover.Thomas Molloy (23) of Park Ave(...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

Argentinian soldiers stand guard outside Government House in Buenos Aires, after the military coup in 1976. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Dickie Kelly, whose grandfather emigrated from Co Westmeath to Argentina in 1862, is showing me around the graveyard in Mercedes, a town about 80km fr(...)