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A man who was arrested as a teenager for running an alleged explosives and firearm collection errand for a man since convicted over the murder of Gareth Hutch, wants the High Court to dismiss his prosecution due to a delay. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

A man who was arrested as a teenager for running an alleged explosives and firearm collection errand for a man since convicted over the murder of Gare(...)

St Canice’s Credit Union in Kilkenny and Bagenalstown Credit Union in Carlow have passed special resolutions for a merger. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Two Leinster credit unions are eying up a merger that would create one of the country’s largest such lenders if the deal is given the green light by (...)

A Coillte helicopter takes water to a dam at the top of The Cut road in the Slieve Bloom mountains. Photograph: Laois Fire and Rescue/Twitter

People are again being asked to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains in counties Laois and Offaly as firefighting efforts continue on Saturday mo(...)

Sightseers are also being warned to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains.  Photograph: Offaly Fire & Rescue Service/Facebook

Firefighters continue to battle a large forest fire along the Slieve Blooms on Thursday. Crews from Laois and Offaly returned to the mountainous are(...)

The court heard Joseph Moore, with an address at Market Mews, Marlborough Village, Co Laois, answered ‘I am so sorry’ when charged with robbery of the filling station. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A 31-year-old man made a string of apologies when charged over a crime spree in Co Laois after a petrol station was raided, a woman’s life threatened,(...)

Occasional tantalising vistas open over the patchwork quilt of Ireland’s central lowlands

In past times, it seems, people rarely ventured into the Slieve Bloom Mountains. No heroic myths or tales of epic battles emanate from here. No great (...)

A man has been arrested following a armed robbery and hijacking in Laois overnight.

A man is being treated in hospital following a robbery and hijacking in Co Laois this morning. The incident began at the Emo filling station in Mount(...)

Thomas McInerney, who admitted possessing stolen property at Cloncourse, Co Laois, leaving Tullamore District Court. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

A member of the Garda Armed Response Unit told a court on Tuesday that the apprehension of three men in a major operation in Co Laois last summer was(...)

Michael O’Reilly with his gold medal after the Men’s Middle 75kg Final at the Baku 2015 European Games, Azerbaijan, June  2015. File photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Boxer Michael O’Reilly, facing a District Court case over alleged breaches of the Public Order Act, may face “more serious charges”, according to gard(...)

Michael O’Reilly  who left the 2016 Olympic Games last month after failing a drugs test. Photograph: Francis Myers/Inpho

Boxer Michael O’Reilly is facing three charges under the Public Order Act and more criminal charges may yet follow, a court has been told. The boxer,(...)

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