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Michelle O’Brien and three of her  children – Tommy, Jamie and Joey – at her emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Michelle and Patrick O’Brien and their seven children, aged between three and 14, have been homeless since June 2018 and say they are “weary and hopel(...)

Emily Logan of the IHREC. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) says every local authority must state whether or not they are complying with human rights oblig(...)

Sherry Perreault, head of ethics and lobbying regulations at the Standards in Public Office Commission,  called on the Government to introduce changes giving the regulator additional powers to impose fines to tackle post-employment breaches.

The State’s public office watchdog has secured its first conviction under the country’s four-year-old lobbying law over the late filing of returns on (...)

Brothers and sisters John Paul, Ann-Marie, Bridget(wife), Mary Theresa, and Thomas Delaney, all relatives of William Delaney can be seen close to the rock of Dunamase in Co Laois. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

A teenage girl arrested in connection with the murder of a father of eight living in Portlaoise has been released without charge, gardaí said. The g(...)

“Kids like to get up early and to stay up late, which can make the festival day really long. So we were conscious that we could try and structure the day around the rhythm of a typical family day.”  Photograph: Anna Kerslake

I was 18 when I went to my first music festival, the tickets to the short-lived Oxygen sessions a gift to mark my ascension to adulthood. As a festiva(...)

Inside the Cow house in Portlaoise.

David Keane, proprietor of the Store Yard in Portlaoise, is a self-professed hoarder who turned a hobby into a profession. The former builder develope(...)

 Brothers and sisters John Paul, Ann-Marie, Bridget(wife), Mary Theresa, and Thomas Delaney, all relatives of William Delaney can be seen close to the rock of Dunamase in Co.Laois Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

“This is the worst thing that could happen to anybody,” said Mary Therese Delaney as she and her family stood at the Garda tape blocking access to the(...)

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick. ‘I want to fix you,’ say those Laois eyes. ‘I want to put splints on your limbs and give you lovely drugs and wrap you in a fluffy blue blanket.’

If you type “Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick” into Google image search you will be inundated by photos of the eponymous fur-physician cradling dogs and cats(...)

In the first three months of the year planning permissions were granted for 7,493 homes, down from 7,766 a year earlier. Photograph: iStock

Planning permission for apartments shot up by almost 33 per cent in the first quarter, although a significant fall in permissions for houses caused th(...)

Missing man William Delaney. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a man in Co Laois in January. Gardaí sai(...)

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