A strong performance by Democratic congressional candidate Danny O’Connor in a conservative district in Ohio will spook Republicans with just months to go before midterm elections. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Democrats are not supposed to have a chance in Ohio’s 12th District, a conservative stronghold that Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2016. That makes (...)

 Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson gives a victory speech at his election night party in Newark, Ohio. Photograph:  Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Republican candidates backed by US president Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, with the nar(...)

Daniel O’Connor with his daughters, Stacy and Sophie, at their home in Tallaght after finally getting their mortgage-to-rent approval after 100 hours of negotiations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Danny O’Connor (42), a single father of three, was described as a “perfect candidate” for the mortgage-to-rent (MTR) scheme when he applied in 2015. (...)

The O’Connor Family at home in Tallaght (from Left) Scott (10), Sophie (15), Stacey (8) and their father, Daniel O’Connor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Danny O’Connor (40), whose young wife and the mother of his three children died seven years ago, has just been served with notice that their home in K(...)

Kerry’s Sheen river is well-known for salmon fishing and a “catch and return” policy exists there.

A scheme by Kerry County Council to take water everyday from the Sheen river near its picturesque salmon leap falls, close to Kenmare, was stopped (...)

 Dane Massey (right of picture) returns to the Dundalk squad for tonight’s  Airtricity League Premier Division clash with St Patrick’s Athletic in Inchicore. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A year ago, recalls Gavin McLaughlin, a game in Belfield Bowl played in front of 121 people provided a pretty stark sense of where Dundalk stood with (...)

 Bray Wanderers striker  Jason Byrne and Ken Oman of Shamrock Rovers during last night’s game at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Donall  Farmer/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers missed out on the chance of moving into fourth place in the Premier Division when held to a scoreless draw by a battling Bray Wanderer(...)

Photographers scramble to get out of the runners’ way at the start of the Belfast Marathon. Photograph:  Alan Lewis/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

There were a couple of surprises at yesterday’s Belfast City Marathon. The first was that the sun came out and it staye(...)