Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard novel psychoactive substances were distributed at a shop on Gresham Street between October 2013 and July 2014 in a substantial commercial operation taking in £50,000 a month. File photograph: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

Two men and a woman were given community service orders on Tuesday in a groundbreaking case over the sale of £400,000 worth of so-called legal highs i(...)

Niall Toibin   at a ceremony in Cork city hall where he was bestowed with  the Freedom of the City of Cork  in recognition of his lifetime contribution to film, stage and television. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín has been awarded the Freedom of Cork in recognition of his film, television and stage work.Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mar(...)

Jack Lynam, a double amputee who has been in Beaumont Hospital for the past 15 months, pictured with his wife Frances. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times 4:17

Jack Lynam (53), from Coolock, Dublin, had both legs amputated last year after he developed a rare blood disorder, Antiphospholipid syndrome. He had b(...)

A handout combo released by the Baltimore police department  shows (clockwise from top left) Ceasar Goodson, Garrett Miller and Edward Nero and William Portner, Brian Rice and Alicia White, the six  officers t charged in connection with the death in custody of Freddie Gray. EPA/Baltimore Police Department

The six suspended Baltimore police officers charged Friday in the death of Freddie Gray are a mix of veterans and recent recruits, of varying ranks an(...)

Nora Largy told Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday the case against Movie House Cinema Yorkgate Ltd regarding Flicks restaurant was being brought by the Belfast City Council environmental health and food safety department, and asked that the company be arraigned on the charges. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A leading Belfast cinema and former restaurant owner who once rejected suggestions his eatery was responsible for an outbreak of E.coli food poisoning(...)

Former city councillor Gary O’Flynn:    nine fraud offences which allegedly occurred in a period between 2008 and 2009. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

A former Fianna Fáil councillor who is facing nine fraud charges in relation to mortgages he worked on while operating as a financial consultant has b(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: “There is a clear need to have an independent overview of local government structures in Cork.” Photograph: The Irish Times

A five-person committee has been given nine months to report to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly on proposals to extend the Cork city boundary (...)

The public consultation resulted in 88 submissions, addressing a range of issues including volume. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 3:23

A public consultation on Dublin buskers found an overwhelming majority of concerns related to “excessive noise”, with many participants seeking a ban (...)

Snow falls on Homeless Jesus in Toronto. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Somebody called the cops on Jesus in Davidson, North Carolina, where one resident reported “him” to the police, mistaking the life-size bronze by C(...)

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders in Schilderswijk: there have been problems  with supporters of Islamic State flying the flag, literally, for the new caliphate. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

When the mayor of a major city such as The Hague writes formally to his city council to warn that they have neither the resources nor the expertise to(...)