Happier times. Some small farmers in the party favour Varadkar because they believe Coveney represents big farmers more, while others feel Varadkar has been more willing to press their flesh during constituency visits

There will be no peasants’ revolt in Fine Gael. The party does not do revolts, but, beware Leo Varadkar, not all of the party’s members are willing to(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross told People Before Profit Alliance TD Bríd Smith the four projects were selected due to their potential impact on road safety. Photograph: Alan Betson

Part of a €100 million Revenue tax refund, which arose after a European ruling on the charging of VAT on motorway tolls, is to be spent on a series of(...)

More than 10,000 people turned out for Darkness into Light in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

Like many small, rural parts of Ireland, a lot of families from in and around Ballaghaderreen have been touched by suicide. Early on Saturday morning(...)

Sophie Beveridge, Diarmuid Geever and Jessica Fahy from Ballaghadereen Foróige club in Roscommon with the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship trophy in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

A youth club that welcomed teenage Syrian refugees to the heart of Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, through social evenings, pool games and other activi(...)

Cyclist Des Butler was fatally injured in a collision with a camper van in Co Clare on March 26th. File photograph: Facebook

The number of cyclists killed this year has already reached half of last year’s total of 10 deaths, just three months into 2017. Garda figures show 1(...)

Irish Water has estimated all sewage treatment plants will be upgraded by 2021 at a cost of €1.25 billion. Photograph: iStock

The European Commission is taking the State to court over the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and the sea. They say 38 towns and cities have inadeq(...)

Artists Maria Fleming and Paul Cole put the finishing touches to the Ballaghaderreen welcome wall: interpreters will be available at Duffy’s Supervalu to translate messages into Arabic. Photograph: Brian Farrell

1. Maurice McCabe to sue Tusla over sex abuse file Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is facing legal action after it emerged it sent a file contain(...)

DCU students  (top from left) Brian Mulry, Brian Farrell and Carmel Kenny. (Front row from left) Emilio Williams-Doran, James Nolan and Sarah McLaughlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

What would it take to make you move back home? Many third-level students from regional communities who attend Dublin City University say they would lo(...)

A member of the project’s board said the closure was ironic given the spotlight now on Ballaghaderreen and the need for facilities there because of the decision to accommodate 82 Syrian  refugees, including 37 children and teenagers, in the town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A decision to shut down a youth project in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, creates a vacuum for 500 people who use the service weekly, according to a (...)

Razan Ibraheem, from Syria, is now working in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ballaghaderreen – population circa 2,000 – has been in the headlines now for more than a week since news that 80, mostly Syrian, refugees will be hou(...)