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There she was ahead of me on Main Street, Ballaghaderreen. A neighbour. It was during a fleadh many moons ago. I would surprise her. I sneaked up from(...)

 Niall Cussen  is currently the chief planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and was involved in the development of the National Planning Framework published earlier this year.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

An independent planning regulator has been appointed by the Government. Niall Cussen will oversee the new Office of the Planning Regulator, which is(...)

The 4kg bag of cyanide which was handed in to the EPA’s farm hazardous waste collection in Roscommon on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Naughten/Twitter

A farmer in Roscommon safely disposed of 4kg of cyanide over the weekend, “enough to wipe out most of the county”. The farmer, who had kept the highl(...)

A Mayo fan in the last few seconds of the All Ireland as Mayo were beaten by Dublin in the All Ireland at Croke Park Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It could be that chocolate Sam Maguire cup made by a Castlebar confectioner or Jimmy Lawlor’s artwork on a Kilmeena gable wall – if there were points (...)

Mayo’s defeat to Cork last weekend was overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Lee Keegan’s concussion at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday (All matches 2pm unless stated) Allianz League Division One Mayo v Dublin, McHale Park, 7.0 – Viewed in a certain way it possibly suits(...)

Famine walkers on the final few steps of their 155km Famine re-enactment walk from Roscommon to the Jeanie Johnston in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

As they began the 155 km Famine commemorative walk from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Dublin last weekend, participants’ thoughts turned to migrants d(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin insists he will lead the party into the next general election, despite an Independent candidate from outside the (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton: highlighting the failure of the upturn in the economy to impact on constituents

A much-quoted observation throughout the Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency these days is that the forthcoming byelection is Fianna Fáil’s to lose.(...)

Socialist Party TD for Dublin West Ruth Coppinger, with Joe Higgins, at Leinster House on her first day at the Dail. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

One of the big lessons for political parties from the local elections is: “When you put women on the ballot paper they get elected,” according to Fion(...)

Luke "Ming" Flanagan pictured outside Leinster House last year. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

AOIFE CARR Roscommon county manager Frank Dawson has rejected an allegation by Luke “Ming” Flanagan that he “sorted out” his penalty poin(...)