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’I want to go back to work, and yet I’m genuinely petrified that we aren’t adequately prepared.’ Photograph: iStock

Opening night is almost upon us and we have not had a single rehearsal. The stage directions have been around for a few weeks and we hear that huge w(...)

Iarnród Éireann chief executive, Jim Meade, said accessibility was central to the design of all improvements planned for new trains and improved station facilities being introduced under the National Development Plan. Photograph: Frank Miller

Iarnród Éireann is to spend €3.3 million on upgrading lifts at 12 train stations in Dublin to improve access for passengers with reduced mobility. Th(...)

People enjoying the diving tower at  Black Rock, Salthill, Galway last weekend. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

Galway City Council has closed the landmark Blackrock diving tower at Salthill due to difficulties maintaining social distancing. The council says it(...)

Corofin’s Michael Farragher is blocked down by James Webb of Oughterard during their clash last week. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The dispatches from Galway’s football championship in its early stages underline the extent to which Corofin’s huge achievement in 2020 has been obscu(...)

John Maughan is preparing for Offaly’s return to action. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

That he hasn’t seen the like of this is hardly surprising but does tell its own story. John Maughan is the doyen of inter-county managers: no-one’s ca(...)

Eamon O’Shea works as an economics professor at NUIG whose area of expertise is ageing, gerontology and social policy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Back around the middle of May, the thought occurred that it might be an interesting time to check in with Eamon O’Shea. Known chiefly in these pages a(...)

The 11 appointed senators are known as ‘the Taoiseach’s 11’.

A Northern Ireland nominee will be appointed to the Seanad if the coalition deal agreed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party is supported by (...)

Ballybunnion beach in Co Kerry has lost its Blug Flag status for 2020. Photograph: Getty

Ballybunion North beach in Co Kerry has failed to retain its blue flag status in 2020 due to a deteroiation in its water quality. Beaches are require(...)

Galway City Council decided to act after large crowds were observed congregating at the beaches in Salthill and around the Claddagh to celebrate the good weather and the end of the school year.

Galway City Council is closing many of its best known attractions because of fears over the breach of social distancing guidelines. Spanish Arch, th(...)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet  President Michael D Higgins  and Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin  on March 3rd. Photograph: Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The cost to the Garda of providing security during the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Ireland has been estimated at €1.3 million(...)

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