Trevor Magill, who says he is ‘surprised there is more affluence on the north side’, in the post office in Middletown, Co Armagh. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Standing beside a bank of flat- screen televisions in his electronics store, Bernard Marron considers how best to describe the economic reality of Bor(...)

Willie “The Hill” McKenna: born into Fianna Fáil, his father having been a founder member

Former Monaghan county councillor Willie “The Hill” McKenna, who has died aged 81 after a short illness, was the cement that bonded ties between his n(...)

New cathaoirleach Cllr Kevin Sheahan is congratulated by Limerick City and County Council councillors. The recently amalgamated council will pay €565,000 in gross payments to former members. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Ten local authorities will make payments totalling almost €3.7 million to former members of city, county, borough and town councils who retired or l(...)

Hugh McElvaney (FG), Ciara McPhillips (FG) and newcomer Eugene Bannigan (FG) celebrating yesterday in the Ballybay-Clones electoral area which will complete the shape of Monaghan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Fine Gael defied recent local election trends when it took three of the six seats in the rerun of the election to the Ballybay-Clones electoral are(...)

The contest for seats has been tight for many of the candidates across the state as eight recounts got underway today.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

The strongly contested last seats available in the local area elections have been filled today, with the exception of two postponed wards. Following (...)

Owen Bannigan of Fine Gael collapsed and died from a massive heart attack while canvassing.

Count staff and local election pundits breathed a sight of relief today as a recheck was due to begin on hundreds of of ballot papers at the Co Monagh(...)

A re-run of the local elections in the Ballybay-Clones area will be held following the sudden death of outgoing councillor and candidate Owen Bannigan today.

A Fine Gael councillor seeking re-election in Co Monaghan died suddenly today after collapsing near his home at Ballybay.Owen Bannigan (54), was a ke(...)

Sinn Féin councillors will be obliged to do everything in their power to root out corruption during the next council term, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adam(...)

Dundrum shopping centre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There is no doubt that the vitality of Irish towns has been hard hit by the development of retail giants on their outskirts. With acres of free(...)

Former FF senator Francis O’Brien, who was one of three men charged with making an unwarranted demand for money from Michael Heelan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A retired Fianna Fail senator appeared along with two other men at a sitting of the District Court in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, today on a c(...)