Judge Patrick McCartan outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge Patrick McCartan (62) was best known in the earlier part of his career as a left-wing politician and as principal of a prominent criminal law pr(...)

’The cleaning of O’Connell Street is quite extraordinary, because we are a genuinely filthy nation. We are a filthy race of people, but that street is kept really clean and wholesome all the time.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This week, Independent Senator David Norris claimed Irish people were “filthy” as he repeated his criticism of the neglect of Dublin’s O’Connell Stree(...)

The court  heard that Fossett’s Circus had been walking a financial tightrope and late last year faced potential collapse

Fossett’s Circus will know in little over a fortnight whether or not it will have to fold up its tents for the last time.Mr Justice Raymond Groarke w(...)

Senator David Norris: critical of owners of buildings with multiple occupation whom he feared were “rack-renting”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sections of Dublin city centre have been described by Independent Senator David Norris as “an area of dereliction and waste”.He told the Seanad that i(...)

A rainbow flag during a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Parade.  South Dublin County Councillors  have heard  LGBT teachers dare not reveal personal relationships in the classroom. Photograph: Reuters

Most LGBT teachers, nurses and care workers do not apply for senior management roles, do not teach religion, and do not teach sexuality education for (...)

Rose Hynes:  chairwoman of  Irish Water

Irish Water Rose Hynes (chairwoman) Ms Hynes is the chairwoman of both Ervia (formerly known as Bord Gáis) and Irish Water, to which she wa(...)

Fossett Brothers circus, which a judge heard today has been walking a financial tightrope for years, is to ask the Circuit Civil Court to consider giving the company protection against its creditors under examinership.

Fossett Brothers circus, which a judge heard today has been walking a financial tightrope for years, is to ask the Circuit Civil Court to consider giv(...)

Leo Varadkar, who will be asked to debate the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour Senator John Kelly has said he may not run for the party in the Roscommon-South Leitrim byelection unless the Government considers the “feasib(...)

Nora McDonagh on Ballnakelly Edge with the unfinished houses in Newcastle Lyon Estate, Co Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

Fine Gael has disassociated itself from the comments of two of its Dublin election candidates following the distribution of ap(...)

 Poulaphouca reservoir before it flows into the Liffey Works water treatment plant,  Ballymore Eustace. Photograph: David Sleator

The Department of Health has confirmed that it has requested the Health Research Board to car(...)