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Last year, almost €1.3 million was paid in fines to the poor box in courts across the country. File photograph: Collins Courts

A district court judge yesterday abolished the poor box in his court – but only in name. At the outset of the sitting of Ennis District Court, Judge(...)

Delegates attending the Garda Representative Association meeting in Co Offaly earlier this week. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

There was a moment in February 2013 when rank-and-file gardaí believed they were reaching a turning point in their long-running campaign for the rever(...)

A witness told gardaí the deceased had pulled up in his van to admire a pitbull terrier before he was shot through the open window of his van. The shooting happened outside EJ’s Menswear on Grattan Street (above), Sligo, on April 28th, 2005.  File photograph: Google Street View

A man was shot dead in front of his girlfriend and baby son as he sat in a parked van in a busy shopping street in Sligo, an inquest has heard. Hughi(...)

 Maeve McGann (centre left) treasurer and Anne Doyle chair of the Skerries Tidy Town Association celebrate alongside other association members after the north Dublin town won the Tidiest Town in Ireland award. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The north Dublin coastal village of Skerries has won the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition for the first time. Skerries, which finished a close secon(...)

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) inquiry into the incident on the Oileán an Óir (italics) on August 24th, 2015 found the two men inhaled “lethal” levels of hydrogen sulphide and “elevated” levels of ammonia. File photograph: Getty Images

An investigation into the deaths of two fishermen who were overcome by fumes on board a trawler in Killybegs, Co Donegal last year has recommended tha(...)

Mike Mahony and Marion Casey make the most of the sunshine between the showers on O’Connell Square in Ennis at the Fleadh. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Ennis has responded to a four-decade gap in hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann by delivering “a phenomenal” event. That is according to John O’Conno(...)

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

If kids ruled the world there’d be no more “back to school” signs. In fact, there’d be no more school. Just as well they only get to dictate what goe(...)

Judges at the top Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. Marek Ster is due to serve a four-and-a-half-year prison term in that country following his conviction for committing gross bodily harm and theft in 2002. File photograph: Getty Images

The High Court has cleared the way for a man to be extradited to the Czech Republic after spending some seven years on the run. In 2009, the Supreme (...)

Chief Supt Aidan Reid warned that drivers face significant penalties for drink driving, including the possibility of not getting visas for the US. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

There has been a shift “back to the bad old days” when it comes to drink driving and speeding among young people in particular according to Chief Supt(...)

I don’t want to hear about their night in Temple Bar, how dreamy Connemara is and nothing whatsoever about their time in the Guinness Storehouse or the Titanic exhibition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

On a rooftop bar in Sicily a honeymoon couple from Lewiston, Idaho, asked me my name and where I am from. I looked them in the eye, smiled, and said “(...)

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