Peter Murtagh

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Then taoiseach John Bruton got legal advice in 1996 on a decision apparently related to the possibility of a restoration of a Provisional IRA ceasefire. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In October 1996, the then attorney general, Dermot Gleeson, sent a memo to John Bruton, in which he sought to distil for the then taoiseach the pros a(...)

ESRI data  show that between a third and a half of eastern Europeans living here are partly or fully vaccinated. Photograph: Laura Hutton

More than 90 per cent of Irish-born adults have received two doses of a vaccine and are, therefore, considered to be fully vaccinated. So far, nearly (...)

The funeral of Dean Maguire, who died along with two other men when the car they were travelling in hit a lorry while they were driving the wrong direction up the N7 near Baldonnel. Photograph: Collins

It’s the talk of the community, but nearly three weeks on no one is saying anything following the deaths of three young men in a horrific motorway cra(...)

Robert Pether with his wife Desree: Ms Pether, who lives in Elphin with their children, says the Government so far “has done nothing, nothing”.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been asked to help secure the release of an Irish resident held without charge in Iraq since(...)

JP of Durkan’s Butchers in Louisburgh: “When we have the Dubs down,” he says, “they do spend a lot of money.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The fields are full of spring lambs, lolling in the sunshine or playfully scampering about, up and down banks, some bristling with yellow primrose flo(...)

Wayne Hurst of Hurst Heating and Plumbing Supplies in Castlebar, with some of the wood-burning stoves which have been selling well following the bituminous coal ban. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Six months after the burning of smoky coal was banned by the State in Castlebar, the Mayo town is showing slight, but encouraging signs of an improvem(...)

The surge in Covid-19 cases following Christmas hit the county particularly hard, says Catherine Donohue, manager of Mayo University Hospital. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

A single storey, grey temporary building sits on the edge of the ambulance parking bay beside Mayo University Hospital (MUH) in Castlebar, with a whee(...)

Giselle Costa, originally from Brazil, is pictured in Gort, Co Galway. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Brazilians living in Gort, Co Galway, are fearful about the rate of Covid-19 infection, within their own community and more generally, but accept that(...)

Blacksod Lighthouse on the Belmullet peninsula, Co Mayo. The Belmullet electoral area has the highest rate of Covid-19 in the State. Photograph: iStock

Dr Keith Swanick’s car swings into the carpark of his modern, well-equipped family practice in Belmullet after yet another weekend house call – this t(...)

US president Joe Biden has signed 17 executive orders, designed to undo the major changes of the MAGA agenda. Photograph: Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty

It was not so much a torch that was passed from US president 45 to 46 but an incendiary device. By the time Donald Trump finally and reluctantly agree(...)

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