At the launch of the  Galway Arts Festival festival programme  are (from left):  Amy Conroy, Caoimhe Regan, artistic director Paul Fahy and Sonya Kelly. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Sculpture from Australia, new plays by Frank McGuinness and Amy Conroy, gigs by Kodaline and The Coronas, talks, trad and street theatre. The 2015 Gal(...)

Minister for Trasport Paschal Donohoe: “It is envisaged that by the end of 2016, a new net 150 jobs will have been created in Aer Lingus , rising to a new net total of 635 jobs by 2020.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sale of the State’s Aer Lingus share would create jobs, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil. “It is envisaged that by the end o(...)

Julia Holmes (63) and Thomas Ruttle (56), whose  bodies were discovered in the upstairs bedroom of a farmhouse in Boolaglass, Askeaton, Co Limerick. Photograph: Alan Betson

Convicted fraudster Julia Holmes, found dead with her partner in an apparent double suicide, wrote to a solicitor firm asking that they both be buried(...)

“Ourselves and a whole range of organisations have come together on the Alcohol Health Alliance and that’s the first time that’s ever happened,”  says the National Youth Council’s James Doorley.  Photograph:  Alan Betson

One of the most fervent opponents to Diageo’s involvement in the controversial Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign says some unexpected positive dev(...)

Director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland Lorcan O’Connor said that there were still 37,000 mortgages in arrears of longer than 720 days. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

People struggling with debts they cannot repay should feel no stigma and should not be afraid of making contact with the Insolvency Service of Ireland(...)

Court told that Martin Daly, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare, was behind the wheel of the car for 70 minutes. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A man who took a car from a Co Clare garage forecourt without permission for “a test drive” was apprehended less than 90 minutes later having crashed (...)

Members of Get the Boat to Vote, a group of Irish people who returning from London to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum last Friday, as they arrived at the Stena ferry terminal in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan 2:11

Last weekend at Dublin Castle, thousands gathered to mark a watershed moment in Irish history. As the country delivered a resounding Yes to marriage (...)

 The dlr LexIcon library in Dún Laoghaire has divided opinion in the borough with some criticising it as overbearing and inappropriate. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The controversial new library at Dún Laoghaire and the restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral are among the projects shortlisted for this year’s Irish Arch(...)

U2 singer  tour manager Dennis Sheehan (68) died suddenly of a suspected heart attack in  Los Angeles. Photograph: Brantley Gutierrez

U2 singer Bono has described tour manager Dennis Sheehan who died suddenly on Wednesday morning as “irreplaceable”. The band are still coming to term(...)

First-year students Conall Molloy, Cathal Smith, Sam Crawford and Tadhg Savage in the urban farm on Belvedere College rooftop. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Belvedere College is in one of the most urban locations in Ireland but that hasn’t stopped the boys’ school from starting a farm on its rooftop. The D(...)