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Fergus O’Dowd, a former Fine Gael junior minister and TD since 2002, looks guaranteed to be re-elected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Louth (five seats) Current: 2 SF, 1 FF, 1 FG, 1 Ind This constituency could see the five seats shared among five parties. There is expected to be a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a particul(...)

May 1921: Lord John Denton Pinkstone French inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary. Hundreds of RIC members were killed during the War of Independence. Photograph: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty

In September the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan became the first government minister to attend a commemoration service for the Royal Irish Cons(...)

Killamuck Bog Loop, Co Laois
10 great family walks for Christmas
  • Travel
  • December 24, 2019, 06:00

Most of us will doubtless be glad of a Christmastime escape from the clutches of the workplace. A few days cooped up en famille, however, and cabin fe(...)

Bank of Ireland will face a €133,000 write-off on the mortgage over the course of the financial rescue plan. Photograph: Dave Walsh/VW Pics via Getty

The High Court has granted a Co Laois woman a debt write-down of almost €175,000 on her Bank of Ireland mortgage after her husband’s business collapse(...)

Gráinne Kealy    has committed herself to educating other people about the dangers posed by not sitting properly when in the car. She said the comfort of sitting in certain ways is “not worth the risk”. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

There are very few things that Gráinne Kealy remembers from the serious road traffic collision she experienced in 2006, but what really stands out is (...)

Eire Og’s Ross Dunphy tackles and Conal Keaney of Ballyboden St Enda’s during the Leinster Senior Football Championship club final at O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyboden St Enda’s have made things hard for themselves in their two Leinster finals. In 2015 they were nearly dragged into extra-time by Portlaoise(...)


Conviction rates for driving without a licence are as low as four per cent in some parts of the State, with a high of 30 per cent recorded in Cork. T(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin  has announced changes  aimed at moving the focus of sacramental preparation away from schools and towards parishes. Photograph: iStock

The Archbishop of Dublin has announced “significant” reforms aimed at moving the focus of sacramental preparation away from schools and towards the fa(...)

Winter walks

Hiking in the outdoors is a great way of staying in shape, and a well-proven gateway to a healthy and positive lifestyle. At summer’s end however, man(...)

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