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Three of the five waters classified as being poor are in the Dublin  region: Merrion strand, Sandymount strand (above) and Portrane beach.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland’s bathing waters are continuing to improve in quality with the vast majority of EU-designated beaches of excellent or good quality, according (...)

Dominika and Rafal Skóra

The widow of a taxi driver who died in a paragliding incident on Saturday says she wants to ensure a wedding voucher left in his car is returned to it(...)

Carriage drivers go  to Government Buildings to deliver an open letter to Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Horse-drawn carriages on the streets of Dublin are a charming throwback to a bygone era of Hansom cabs and buggies. The laws governing them are equa(...)

Ex-garda Karl Cummins was on duty outside the Department of the Taoiseach when a man approached him with petrol and a cigarette lighter. File photograph: David Sleator

A retired garda who feared he was going to be doused with petrol and set on fire has been awarded just under €50,000 damages at a Garda compensation h(...)

A Dublin Bus vehicle leaves Bray Dart station. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Everything should have been finished with the redesign of Dublin’s bus network – the most radical in a generation, or more – by June. However, the wor(...)

White House takeaway: Donald Trump with fast food he bought for visiting college footballers during the US government shutdown in January. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

It’s not just Donald Trump who sullies the the corridors of power with the lingering aroma of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Ireland’s political honchos are (...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny: the VentureWave website lists him  as one of four people on its senior team

Enda Kenny is to take up his first business-related role since stepping down as taoiseach as an adviser with an investment fund. Mr Kenny, a Mayo TD(...)

Bedlinen from Piubelle, made in Portugal. But what is thread count, you ask. It’s the measure of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch. Is it important? “Thread counts are a fad,” says Lisa Duffin of Bottom Drawer in Brown Thomas

Buying bedlinen has become a numbers game with brands trumpeting the high thread count of their sheets and duvet covers in ever higher numbers – 300! (...)

Peter Barrett of  Aviation Capital and Sean Rainbird of National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic National Gallery/SMBC Aviation Capital photos

6am I listen to the radio in bed, BBC4 first and RTÉ 1 later on. Twice a week I go to the gym for 45 minutes and have breakfast after. A pot of tea wi(...)

No 14 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2.

A Georgian house in Dublin 2 which came on the market last May at €1.7 million has sold for €1.825 million through agent Colliers International – abo(...)

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