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Abandoned tents and rubbish litter a campsite after last year’s  Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Electric Picnic promoter Melvin Benn has said he is “appalled” by the number of festival-goers who leave their tents behind. Each year the main camps(...)

Figures from property website Perfect Property show that mainly rural counties enjoyed the highest increase in the prices at which houses sold. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Homes in about half the Republic’s counties are selling for more than their asking prices, according to one property website. Perfect Property says a(...)

 Inga Ozolina: jailed for manslaughter of  Audrius Pukas at The Malthouse, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A woman who killed her violent alcoholic boyfriend, who she said had made her life “a living hell” and whom she had obtained two safety orders against(...)

Settled residents should lose the right to object to Traveller accommodation, a new review recommends. File photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Settled residents should lose the right to object to Traveller accommodation and council chiefs should be “encouraged” to use emergency powers to forc(...)

Plans for the redevelopment of the ESB electricity plant at Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, have been turned down, which could lead to job losses at Bord na Móna. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

State company Bord na Móna lost almost €50 million in the 12 months to the end of March, figures published on Wednesday will show. The news comes fol(...)

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane celebrates scoring a goal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tyrone 2-15 Cork 2-12 This could have changed everything. After what started out as another strangely subdued Super 8s contest, things soon heated up(...)

A man jailed for raping a woman in Dublin  has had his conviction quashed on appeal. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A man jailed for raping a woman in Dublin has had his conviction quashed on appeal. Mohamed Okda (33), formerly of Coolfin, Rathdowney, Co Laois, had(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced the new reforms on Wednesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s new structural reforms of the health service will not represent a return to the old health boards, Minister for Health Simon Harris h(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the HBFI update on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The help-to-buy scheme has played a “valuable role”, the Minister for Finance has said, although he wouldn’t be drawn on whether the scheme will conti(...)

Trifol chief executive Daire Gilmore  with Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan and Patrick Alley, founder and chairman of Trifol. Photograph: Julien Behal

The world’s first facility to convert plastic waste into wax has opened in Co Laois following a €12 million investment by backers including Dublin inv(...)

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