Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: will seek an interim report from the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland on reform progress. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government has asked the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland to fast-track its recommendations on Garda reform in response to the resi(...)

Joe Biden  embraces Fionnuala Kenny, wife of former taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is greeted by Martina Jennings of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, at the sod turning for the new hospice facility in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has said he is "honoured" that Mayo’s first hospice will be forever linked with his late son, Beau. Turning t(...)

A bathtub full of water from the tap at Sharon Gannon’s home in Cloonfad, Co Roscommon.

Living in the village of Cloonfad, in Co Roscommon, has been “a horrendous experience” for residents, who have had to boil their water for the past 21(...)

The Environmental Protection Agency has warned over a microscopic parasite in drinking water. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Some 161,000 people are at risk of crippling illness from a microscopic parasite in drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned. (...)

John Saunders: “These residences are not regulated and yet they provide care to a large number of vulnerable people with mental illness.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mental Health Commission has again called on the Government to give it powers to regulate community-based care services where an increasing number(...)

Syrian refugee Almuthna Loulah meets President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

A Syrian refugee who made a violin from scratch after arriving in Ireland last March has presented the instrument to President Michael D Higgins at Ár(...)

Joe McQuillan leaves the field with his assistants and umpires following the 2013 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The GAA has confirmed the controversial appointment of Cavan’s Joe McQuillan as Sunday week’s All-Ireland final referee. The Kill Shamrocks clubman p(...)

US investment firm Profile Capital has acquired healthy baby food group Little Dish in a £17 million deal that has delivered a second windfall for Ir(...)

In a word . . . sublime

It’s been a summer of cliff-hangers in our Gaelic games. (Forget Tyrone last Sunday.) Bad for the heart rate. Gold for Marty Morrissey. Or should that(...)

Naomi and Ciaran Flynn with their daughters Ella and Amy and son Dara at their home in Knocknacarra. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Bravery comes in many forms, and not least for those flying exotic white and blue kites in Galway over the last few days. Co Waterford native Ciaran (...)