Map of the manor of Abbeyleix, Co Laois, which is reputedly the oldest planned estate town in Ireland

The outgoing Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan took a brief break from election canvassing in his Laois constituency to drop into his loca(...)

Letters from Princess Diana: A few months before she died, the princess had consigned many of her dresses to auction to raise funds for charity. Photograph: Reuters

A previously undocumented friendship between an Irish nun and the late Diana, Princess of Wales has come to light in correspondence that has turned up(...)