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Panic purchasing: the Christmas countdown is on.

Left it until the last minute? Here are some last minute gift ideas, plus where you can find them today. Google Home Mini €35 If you haven’t jumped(...)

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the crash in Co Laois to contact them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A man has died after the car he was driving hit a tree in Co Laois on Sunday. The 31-year-old was fatally injured in the crash in Ballybrophy, Borris(...)

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A prisoner who claimed another prisoner, a former garda, asked to be assaulted in an effort to be transferred to an open prison has lost his appeal ov(...)

Many people arrived at the Capuchin Day Centre in Smithfield to collect Christmas parcels of food. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

Almost 3,000 Christmas food parcels, with basics like tea, cheese, cold meats and biscuits, were provided to some of the poorest and most vulnerable D(...)

A cell in the new National Violence Reduction Unit in   the Midlands Prison,  Portlaoise. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Alan Ellis, who has been in almost continuous solitary confinement for the last four years, is to be the first occupant of a new specialist unit for t(...)

Ex-wrestler and father-of-two Imre Arakas.

An Estonian hitman who was contracted by an international crime cartel to kill an Irish rival as been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for six yea(...)

Manufacturing at the Combilift Forklifts. Ahead of Brexit, Combilift is applying to the Revenue  for authorised economic operator status, which allows for a quicker passage through checkpoints. Photograph: David Sleator

Many Irish businesses were caught in the fallout from Brexit almost as soon as UK voters chose to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc, in June 2016(...)

By the end of 2017 the State Claims Agency estimated that its outstanding liability was €2.7 billion, about three-quarters of which related to claims against the health system. Photograph: iStock

There has been a growing trend for people to take legal cases when problems arise in the course of medical treatment. The scale of individual awards b(...)

The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co Laois

The five-star Heritage Hotel in Killenard, Co Laois has been sold for close to the guide price of €9 million through agent CBRE. It was bought by FB(...)

Ex-wrestler Imre Arakas, who the court heard was a former Estonian separatist who had been “scarred deeply” by imprisonment in Russia.

An Estonian hitman who was put under surveillance after he flew into Ireland told his associates in a text message that he would take out his target w(...)

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