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Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for  Rural  Affairs Heather Humphreys  and Minister Dennis Naughton at the launch of the Action Plan for Regional Development : would the Government not be better with a more compact, and so more realistic, plan?  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reading the action plan for rural development launched during the week under the title Realising Our Rural Potential, I was reminded of the Mayo journ(...)

The Halloween market has grown rapidly in Ireland and the UK where it is now worth around €443m having been valued at just €13m in 2000

Pop-up shop Halloween HQ has opened 16 outlets around Ireland in time for this year’s Halloween celebrations. Marketing itself as a one-stop-shop for(...)

Gardaí have appealed for information after two cash-in-transit robberies in Tallaght and Finglas on Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardaí have appealed for information after two cash-in-transit robberies took place in Dublin on Monday. The first robbery occurred in Tallaght vil(...)

Madeline Scahill and Gerardine O’Mahony testing their brushing skills on site before the 2016 National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

When former EU agriculture and rural development commissioner Dr Franz Fischler told an EU conference in Cork that rural areas of the EU were set to s(...)

John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, announces a series of steps to atone for institution’s sale of 272 slaves in 1838, at the school in Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/the New York Times

Georgetown, the Jesuit university in Washington, has become the latest US third-level college to take steps to atone for the past: namely, its histori(...)

‘In travelling around three counties at the centred edge of Ireland, I was reminded of the richness and diversity of rural Ireland, the complexity of community, and struck by the depth of change that is happening with a speed we haven’t yet grasped.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Prejudice takes many forms, and one of the most enduring and insidious species of Irish prejudice is the attitude of cultural superiority from the sup(...)

The Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan was completed in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Around 20 per cent of Ireland’s shopping centre stock has changed hands since 2013 and this includes six of the country’s top 10 centres in terms of s(...)

“There are escalators inside for Enda to make Donald Trump-style entrances down into the chamber (formerly the Cosmetics Hall and Karen Millen).” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leinster House is falling down Falling down, falling down Leinster House is falling down Where will the Dáil go? The renovation work has to b(...)

On the 2nd of December a tragedy was enacted in Charlestown rather resembling the early scenes of the French Revolution than the acts of a free people(...)

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