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Moynalty has won this year’s Tidy Towns competition. Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan announced the results in Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Department of the Environment

Moynalty, Co Meath has won the overall title of Ireland’s tidiest town. The announcement was made by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan wh(...)

Flights of fancy: winged ants. Illustration: Michael Viney

In all that heat last month, and near enough to the silly season, these islands conjured not a single insect “plague”. No kamikaze squadrons of water (...)

Michelle Doorley principal at the National School at Ballinkillen, Co Carlow reading a statement in regards to the deaths of five-year-old Ruairí Chada and his 10-year-old brother Eoghan, pupils of her school. In the background are teachers and staff. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Gardaí are treating as a murder inquiry their investigation into the deaths of Ruairí (5) and Eoghan (10) Chada after postmortems on their remains fou(...)

A  man has been found dead in a cell at a Garda station in Co Waterford.

A man arrested after a public order disturbance has been found dead in a cell at the Garda station where he was being held.The death occurred this mor(...)

The history of West Skeam Island, Roaring Water Bay, west Cork, reads like something from a Dan Brown novel. There’s a rumoured Viking burial ground, (...)

Grove snail: tends to mate in late spring. Illustration: Michael Viney

The dense, drizzly coastal fog that is often our share of summer high pressure enveloped the Thallabawn hillside for three days, leaving every leaf gl(...)

Two months of free time as the State’s 3,000-plus primary schools close their doors for the summer at the end of this week – it’s a delightful prospec(...)

Liz Dolan is an interior designer who in a former partnership with Joanne Peat as Sketch Design created the much talked about look of Ranelagh restaur(...)

Kevin Mulvey chief executive of the LRC, is expected to get more time to talk to unions

The Cabinet is expected to grant a request by Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey for more time to liaise w(...)

The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, arriving at the Garda Representatives Association annual Conference in Westport, Co. Mayo yesterday with GRA General Secretary PJ Stone. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

The largest body representing members of An Garda Síochána has welcomed what it believes is an acknowledgement from Garda Commissioner Martin C(...)

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