Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Every now and then something comes along that gives you a real insight into how Ireland works, or doesn’t work, depending on your perspective. One of (...)

 IFA general secretary Pat Smith said he was putting the association’s interests to the fore in deciding to go. Photograph: Eric Luke

The head of the Irish Farmers’ Association Pat Smith has resigned in the wake of the controversy over his pay. Pressure had been mounting on the organ(...)

Alan Kelly: The instruction to let him know well in advance of openings has caused tension, particularly over the opening of 52 homes in the Glen in Cork city earlier this year.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly ordered all local authorities to tell him “early” about the opening of local authority houses so he could off(...)

David James ‘DJ’ O’Hanlon and Wayne Gough became one of Irelands first gay couples to marry. Photograph: James Connolly

Wayne Gough and David James “DJ” O’Hanlon celebrated becoming one of Ireland’s first same-sex marriage partners with a hug and a kiss. They tied the k(...)

Detail from Head of a Woman (1906) by Walter Sickert

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda ****   As a writer and editor and not a curator p(...)

Some 889 applications for repossession were refused by the courts so far this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Banks have sought to repossess almost 4,500 homes since the start of the year, the latest figures from the Courts Service of Ireland indicate. These (...)

The falling number of orders in Dublin is a result of fewer cases being lodged, or more lenders and borrowers coming to mutual arrangements before the case reaches the point of repossession. Photograph: PA

Banks are continuing to obtain home repossession orders in increasing numbers. However, the rate at which they are initiating the arduous legal proce(...)

Prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau. Photograph: Collins Courts

The trial at the Special Criminal Court of the prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence from a Revenue Ins(...)

Undated picture of Barbara Walsh.

There can be few burial grounds more beautiful than Maínis in south Connemara. With Saint Macdara’s and Mason islands to the west, it looks out on a r(...)

An Egyptian fisherman working on an Irish trawler has been remanded on bail after he was charged with a breach of the immigration act.

An Egyptian fisherman working on an Irish trawler has been remanded on bail after he was charged with a breach of the immigration act when he appeared(...)