‘If you are discouraging people from calling 999 in the case of a genuine emergency, that is appalling policy that is inevitably geared towards putting human lives at risk,” said Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost half of the €9.3 million owed to local authority fire services by Irish homes and businesses last year was not paid, figures reveal. Accordin(...)

Judgments: key cases in brief

Clare-based engineer had standing to challenge administrative policy of Laois County Council. Duffy v Laois County Council [2014]IEHC 469 (High Court,(...)

Dominic Kessie and Ray Harte at the Men’s Shed project in Portlaoise. Photograph: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

Cuts to benefits such as fuel and telephone allowances over recent years have made the isolation experienced by some 130,000 over-65s living alone (...)

Main Street Portlaoise. Photograph: Google Street View
A Healthy Town
  • Health
  • September 2, 2014, 01:13

Portlaoise has been one of the fastest growing towns in Ireland with great connections to the rest of the State. There is an extremely strong communi(...)

 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(...)

Emily O’Reilly published her annual report today. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

Chapter Four of the Ombudsman’s Annual Report describes a number of the more significant cases dealt with during 2012: Man received €68,000 after the (...)

Quirky: a limestone mushroom sculpted by the lapping waves of a vanished lake. Illustration: Michael Viney

For a long time, for me, the midland counties were just a wearily protracted obstacle between Dublin and the west: in the days before motorways(...)