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(...)

Pikemen waiting to march during Vinegar Hill Day in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in June 1998 to commemorate the 1798 Rebellion. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Some 32 historical sites and attractions have been mapped on a driving route to mark a heritage trail of Co Wexford. Launching the trail today, Minist(...)