Ashford Castle sits on 365 acres overlooking Lough Corrib. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

As I pull up at the door of Ashford Castle and eyeball the beaming man in the racing green top hat and tails making his way towards my car, I marvel a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin: set to  outline his strategy for the forthcoming Dáil term. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will outline his strategy on Monday for the forthcoming Dáil term, which will be dominated by October’s budget. The(...)

Catherine Kenny, a 32-year-old mother of one, became the fifth homeless person to die on Belfast’s streets since January

Catherine Kenny’s life ended in the doorway of an empty shop last month in Belfast on Donegall Place just metres from the city’s majestic City Hall. (...)