Declan O’Callaghan  photographed in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a joke doing the rounds in Ballaghaderreen. “What does it cost to post a letter in Ballagh?” goes the opening line. “Ohhh, around €1,800,” go(...)

Last year An Bord Pleanála  approved a wind farm at Bellacorick in north Mayo which was reduced from 112 wind turbines to 61 turbines. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

EirGrid’s decision to scale back its €240 million Grid West transmission project has elicited a mixed reaction from business and community groups in t(...)

File image of Bishop John Kirby, Bishop Eamonn Casey and Fr Dermod McCarthy. File photograph: Collins Photos

The late Bishop Eamonn Casey believed “he had done the church a great disservice”, Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby recalled on Tuesday. “He used those(...)

Retired bishop of Elphin Christy Jones said he believed towns in the west of Ireland were more alive socially and economically in the 1940s and 1950s, “a time of mass emigration”, than they were today. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A retired west of Ireland bishop on Friday warned that he saw very little hope in his native county. Retired bishop of Elphin Christy Jones said he b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in response to Mr MacLochlainn’s question over the Western Development Commission, said “we are in a new space in which they all must apply under the Public Appointments Service”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Appointments to the Western Development Commission (WDC) will be handled in future by the Public Appointments Service (PAS), the Department of the Env(...)