Former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland. Mr Ringland was one of the attendees at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, where Lord Diljit Rana urged the State to consider rejoining the Commonwealth.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said. Speaking at the (...)

Anti-fracking protesters at a demonstration in Co Fermanagh last year. Photograph: Boyes/Press Eye.

The lead company employed to carry out a study on fracking in Ireland is a pro-fracking organisation involved in the controversial gas extraction meth(...)

The Galway Bay Brewery already operates ten pubs selling craft beers alongside other drinks Photograph: PA Wire

Ireland’s first pub dedicated to selling only craft beer will open next week. The Beer Market in High Street near Dublin’s Christchurch is the (...)

Inspector Michael O’Connor said thieves are using fishing rods and hooks to prise car keys from hallways and hall tables late at night.

Householders have been warned not to put their car keys in a place which they can be accessed through their letter boxes. Opportunistic thieves are us(...)

Davitt House, home of the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The tribunal has heard that a  Dunnes Stores employee was fired for serving alcohol to a customer under the age of 18. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Dunnes Stores employee was fired for serving alcohol to a customer under the age of 18, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has heard. Anna Perenc(...)

‘This is the reality of the Proclamation as envisaged by the men who fought for it. These were not some political thieves in the night stealing the revolution from the people. These were the revolutionaries and they saw securing national sovereignty as trumping everything, including social justice.’ Above, Éamon de Valera  inspecting troops outside the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, Dublin on the 25th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Irishmen and Irishwomen, in the name of God and of the dead generations, stop using the Proclamation as an excuse for every action and a justification(...)

A new fibre broadband service unveiled in Cavan town will allow download speeds comparable to cities such as Tokyo and Hong Kong

A new fibre broadband service unveiled in Cavan town will allow download speeds comparable to cities such as Tokyo and Hong Kong. ESB and Vodafone sai(...)

Kidney donor Mahon Murphy; kidney recipient Lia and her baby Colm; kidney recipient Jack; mother Síle; kidney donor and also kidney recipient father Sean; and Bob, three times kidney transplant recipient.  The Murphy family attended the national launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week. Photograph: Conor McCabe

A Co Waterford family with a hereditary kidney complaint have had seven transplants between them in recent years. Sean Murphy from Kilrossanty,(...)

The eastern bongo population has been decimated by humans hunting for meat and horns combined with habitat loss caused by agriculture and uncontrolled timber felling. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of an eastern bongo calf from one of the world’s most endangered species. The calf, weighing in at 20kgs, was born(...)

 Capt Frederick Dietrichsen of the Sherwood Foresters died in an ambush on Mount Street Bridge in 1916. Photograph: Gary Quinn

A former Tory MP and commanding officer of the Sherwood Foresters has said it would be the “ultimate reconciliation” if the Taoiseach was to visit th(...)