The crannóg close to Roscommon Castle which was damaged in several places and reported to gardaí. A local heritage group believes a metal detector and knife were being used illegally at the protected site. Photograph: Frank Scott

Gardaí are investigating damage to a crannóg near Roscommon Castle which may be linked to unauthorised use of metal detectors. The Department of Arts(...)

Roddy Doyle: “Twenty-eight years after I started writing the novels that make up The Barrytown Trilogy, I’m delighted - and proud - that it will be the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2015.” File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy is the official selection for the 2015 Dublin: One City, One Book Festival. The festival encourages people to read a b(...)

 Prof Mike Williams, geologist wtih NUI Galway Earth and Ocean Sciences, recording data on the  remains of an oak trackway, estimated to be between 3,700  years old, on the shoreline near Furbo. The trackway was uncovered by last winter’s storms. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The north Connemara coastline could be one of this island’s richest “time capsules” of life before sea levels rose, according to State archaeologists(...)

The Star Wars freighter-turned-fighter brings  Mark Hamill (the original Luke Skywalker) to Skellig Michael today. Warning: The Irish Times cannot verify the authenticity of this photograph (but it’s obviously real).

Filming of scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII begins this afternoon on Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Cast and crew of the upcoming movie – includ(...)

File photograph of a wind farm. The High Court today overturned a decision of An Bord Pleanála granting permission for two wind farm developments in Co Roscommon. Photograph: PA

The High Court today overturned a decision of An Bord Pleanála granting permission for two wind farm developments in Co Roscommon. Ms Justice Mary Fin(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: hopes “open data will be the default” of Government bodies. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin believes the Government’s new national online data portal will “drive more effective deci(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he often felt he was fighting a ‘losing battle’ with some State bodies on privacy issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There is an opportunity for Ireland to be seen as a model of a country that can embrace advanced technology without sacrificing rights guaranteed by o(...)

The compensation payments have been  made to turf-cutters who were required to cease cutting on 53 raised bogs as special areas of conservation under the EU habitats directive. Photograph:  Hany Marzouk

The Government has spent almost €9 million to date on compensation payments to turf-cutters affected by the designation of 53 bogs as special areas o(...)

The Irish Genealogy website after the database was removed

Potentially sensitive personal details of every citizen born or who married in the State, including information often used for security questions f(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes: The risks involved in the site were “obvious”. Photograph: David Sleator

There were “obvious risks” associated with the availability of citizens’ personal data on the irishgenealogy.ie site, including the potential for ide(...)