A screengrab from secretly recorded footage in Swinford’s Áras Attracta residential care centre shows a worker putting a blanket over a resident’s head after the latter made noise looking for attention. File photograph: RTÉ

The Áras Attracta disability centre in Co Mayo is at the centre of fresh criticism over care standards following an unannounced inspection by the Heal(...)

The serene, tactile homewares designed by Superfolk in west Mayo are an ideal antidote to our gaudy, over-designed world. Gearóid Muldowney who est(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

Killian Burke: starts for Cork against Wexford.  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork hurlers have been forced into three changes for Sunday’s league quarter-final against Wexford in Páirc Uí Rinn. Centre back Mark Ellis and cor(...)

John Evans: “If we’re ambitious we’ve got to be looking at trying to win a Connacht title. That’s a must  . . ” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

As usual Roscommon manager John Evans isn’t beating around the bush. His team may have been dark horses for promotion at the start of the year but th(...)

The Fine Gael Kerry branch sized up Independent Michael Healy-Rae (above) as someone who hides behind “the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel” but who is “unbeatable electorally”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

 Government sources argue there is no single reason for the increase in road deaths  again last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Road users are most likely to lose their lives in counties where the fewest penalty points have been issued, official figures indicate. An Iris(...)

A Garda issues a speeding ticket  near Ashbourne, Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Road fatalities tend to be higher in counties with a lower rate of penalty points, new analysis shows. A regional breakdown of penalty points s(...)

Patrick Honohan, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland with Enda Mulchrone, James Hughes, Mark Benson and Mark Balaski, winners of the Generation €uro Students’ Award. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Students from St Gerald’s College in Castlebar have been named the national winners of the 2015 Generation €uro Students’ Award.The transition-year st(...)