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The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin: scored highest for satisfaction. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

While at least half of patients reported a positive overall experience in the health system, individual hospitals and hospital groups scored different(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (left), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Transport Shane Ross remove the ribbon on the first Luas tram to use the new cross-city track. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

“How many ministers for transport does it take to link the Luas?” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked. He answered his own riddle. “It appears it (...)

The Boyne Viaduct poster by Roger O’Reilly which will be showcased at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS

Vintage travel posters are among the most highly sought-after collectibles just now. At Christies of London this week, Zermatt – an Art Deco lithograp(...)

Gardaí have discovered drugs during a morning raid in Drogheda. Photograph: Frank Miller

A fourth man has been arrested after drugs with an estimated street value of €3 million were seized in Co Louth. Gardaí carried out an early morning(...)

Lord Mountbatten’s former home on Mullaghmore Head, Co Sligo: A couple of years ago, Prince Charles was welcomed. Now on the sign to mark his visit, his face has been gouged out.  Photograph: Frank Miller

So a clever Channel Four report has shown that the Brit on the street can’t draw the Irish Border, some of them imagining it as a loose girdle draped (...)

St Joseph’s Secondary School in Drogheda, Co Louth. The expulsion rate at the 700-pupil Christian Brothers school is 10 times the national average. Image: Google Streetview

Parents have complained to authorities regarding “excessive” disciplinary measures at a school where the number of suspensions is running at three tim(...)

 Retired surgeon Michael Shine (85) outside  the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where he was convicted of abusing two boys. Photograph: Collins Courts

A retired surgeon has been jailed for 20 months for sexual attacks on two teenage boys in Co Louth in the mid-70s. Last month, a jury at Dublin Circu(...)

Rakan Al-Zahab, a Syrian refugee living in the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. “I want to put my feet on the ground.” Photograph: James Connolly

Rakan Al-Zahab, currently living in Ballaghaderreen Next week, after months of living apart, Rakan Al-Zahab will finally be reunited with his wife S(...)

Patricia Byrne has been missing from Drogheda since Wednesday.

Gardaí are appealing for information to help find missing Co Louth woman Patricia Byrne. Ms Byrne (39), from Saint Finian’s Park in Drogheda, was la(...)

There are no official proactive measures in Ireland to catch men seeking to groom children online. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Vigilante action against paedophiles has dominated international headlines in recent days, but police worry about the implications of citizen justice,(...)

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