Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

David Larkin sent photographs of a garden spider (above), one of which he took through the web, showing its underside, which had markings quite different from its topside.

I have two nesting boxes in the garden, yet neither of them has ever been used. I have moved them away from the feeding tray, but still to no avail. (...)

A white swallow at Tacumshin from a photograph by Eric Dempsey. Illustration: Michael Viney

If I were going there this weekend – and I’m sorry I’m not, it’s too far – we would end up taking the road from Wexford to Kilmore Quay and then, a(...)

Taxi-driver Martin  Mulligan’s body was found a short distance from his taxi in the early hours of last Monday morning.

The families of all victims of “senseless and reckless violence” were remembered yesterday at the funeral Mass of taxi-driver Martin Mulligan (53),(...)

The Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland confirmed on Tuesday there will be no prosecution of Gerry Adams or six others questioned after hearsay evidence emerged from the Boston College Belfast Project. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will not be prosecuted in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville. The Public Prosecution Service(...)

Ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey on the last day of the 2015 National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:29

The National Ploughing Championships has morphed into something so huge that it would be easy to forget its origins. Many of the visitors who arrive (...)

Local authorities have less than a week to decide whether to change the rate of Local Property Tax (LPT) charged to homeowners next year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Local authorities have less than a week to decide whether to change the rate of Local Property Tax (LPT) charged to homeowners next year. As it stands(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates withou(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has issued a statement to accompany the publication of the monthly homeless persons data.  He notes an increase of lmost 20 per cent, in the number of homeless adults since December 2014,. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The escalating homelessness crisis will be discussed at the Cabinet Sub Committee on Social Policy, chaired by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny today (monday(...)

Richie Towell celebrates scoring his second, and Dundalk’s third, goal at Oriel Park as the champions put Drogheda United to sword. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk 6 Drogheda United 0 Richie Towell hit four goals as Dundalk moved 11 points clear of the chasing pack by putting 10-man Drogheda United to the(...)