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Ned and Eileen Cusack at their home near Moycullen  in Co Galway: ‘We never had too much, but we always had enough.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ned and Eileen Cusack have no intention of buying expensive flowers or dining in a fancy restaurant but they could still teach the nation a thing or t(...)

The Oireachtas committee adopted the recommendations of a review initiated in 2016 after allegations claiming Garda wrongly intercepted records of three journalists. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Access to journalists’ phone or internet records by State agencies including for the purposes of identifying their sources, should only be allowed wit(...)

A Government spokesman said eight to 10 Defence Forces personnel would be involved in the EU battlegroup. Photograph: Defence Forces

Irish Defence Forces personnel will join a German-led EU battlegroup in 2020, the Cabinet decided on Tuesday. Minister of State for Defence Paul Keh(...)

An Garda Síochána paid out €3.5 million in 2017, and €28 million over the last seven years, the most for personal injury claims among State bodies. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

State bodies not involved in healthcare paid out €20 million last year for personal injury claims, nearly double the amount paid out four years ago. (...)

General picture of the junction of Chord Road and Constitution Hill Drogheda, Co Louth, where a pipe bomb was found in a pub toilet. Photograph: Google Street

Several homes were evacuated in Drogheda, Co Louth on Tuesday night after the discovery of a viable explosive device in a pub. Following a request f(...)

Yosuke Sasaki died following a knife attack in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Facebook

Gardaí have found no evidence that yesterday’s attack by an Egyptian teenager is related to terrorism. And it has said that in the wake of the attack(...)

Gardaí examine a sealed-off scene at Seatown, Dundalk, Co Louth, near the scene of a fatal attack on Avenue Road on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Security sources caution against reading too much, too early into the Dundalk attacks, but all agreed that it falls into a well-worn pattern, whateve(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin was the principal celebrant at Mass for World Day of Peace in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook Dublin on Monday. Photograph: John McElroy

President Michael D Higgins was praised as “our best diplomat” and for “the extraordinary work he does,” at the World Day of Peace Mass in Dublin on M(...)

 Irish Defence Forces soldiers pictured  in southern Lebanon in 2007. The government considered ending Ireland’s involvmenent in the Unifil mission 20 years earlier after  a corporal was killed in January 1987.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The death of a Defence Forces corporal serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon prompted the government to consider withdrawing f(...)

Secretary to the government Dermot Nally wrote  to say it was the view of the taoiseach’s department that because of the ‘highly sensitive nature of the issues involved’, other departments should be consulted on a ‘limited and confidential basis’.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

References in the State’s wartime emergency plan about the security situation in Northern Ireland were deleted at the request of the department of the(...)

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