Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has won the top prize at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has been chosen as the best restaurant in the country. The restaurant, the only eaterie i(...)

Senator Averil Power after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil did not get much time to bask in its first bit of good news in four years. About 36 hours was the sum of it.Then, unannounced, Averil Pow(...)

Senator Averil Power gets a hug after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party  outside Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 4:08

Micheál Martin breezed into Dublin Castle on Saturday afternoon in high spirits. And why not? The Fianna Fáil leader had backed the right horse in the(...)

Former Australia  coach Robbie Deans: flattered to be linked with the Leinster role, but  the timeline does not suit.  Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Robbie Deans has ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach job, despite admitting it is one of the most attractive positions in ru(...)

Eoin Reddan: “The important thing for a new guy coming in,  whoever it is, is that people buy into what he wants.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eoin Reddan offered a rueful smile. As the first Leinster player to venture into a media forum following the departure of coach, Matt O’Connor, he kn(...)

Josh Matavesi celebrates his match winning try against Munster in the Pro 12 semi-final - which moments later was disallowed by the TMO. Photograph: Inpho

Heartbreak Decision of The Year Award: Josh Matavesi gets to do the honours here. He can hand the gong to Nigel Owen for noticing something was up bef(...)

The scene at the site where a light aircraft crashed near Mount Leinster on Sunday. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Two men from Co Meath have been killed after a light aircraft crashed on the border between Wexford and Carlow on Sunday.The men, who have been named (...)

Two men from Co Meath have been killed after a light aircraft crashed on the border between Wexford and Carlow.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Two men from Co Meath have been killed after a light aircraft crashed on the border between Wexford and Carlow. One man, who was in early 50s, and ano(...)

It’s not easy being a Yes Rossie in these post-referendum days, where but to think is to be full of sorrow and to be in a place where primrose and blu(...)