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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

German shepherd-Akita mixed breed, had been left near the entrance to the ISPCA’s national animal centre in Keenagh, Co Longford. Photograph: ISPCA

A young dog was found with severe injuries, abandoned and chained to a gate in Co Longford on Sunday evening. The dog, a German shepherd-Akita mixed (...)

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing.

A man has died following a serious assault outside a pub in Co Longford. The man in his 50s was assaulted outside a pub in Foigha near Keenagh on Th(...)

Alan and Eileen Mullarkey, who have been affected by construction on the wind farm project in north Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

When an ESB and Bord na Móna consortium sought approval for a €600 million onshore wind farm in north Mayo, there was a cautiously positive response t(...)

One of the damaged vehicles  on  Main St Ballymahon, Co Longford, this morning.  Photograph: McGrath Photography

A man seriously injured in a violent attack in a Co Longford village on Tuesday morning was last night transferred to Dublin’s St James’s Hospital. (...)

A postman has died following a road traffic incident in Co Mayo on Wednesday morning. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two people have died in separate car crashes in Cos Limerick and Mayo. Part of the M7 Dublin to Limerick Road was closed Wednesday evening after a m(...)

John Paul Doyle with his wife Frances and five of their six children at a house in Keenagh, Ballymahon, Co Westmeath where they are squatting until the council finds them alternative accommodation. The children are,  from left, Jordanna (14), Frances (10),  John Paul (2),  Mary (6) and Winnie (7). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

When John Paul Doyle hired a locksmith to enable him and his family to break into number 21 Casey Court in Keenagh – 12km south of Longford town – and(...)