The conditionally approved application permits turbines for 10 years at Stonestown, Kilcamin, Crancreagh and Derrinlough in Cloghan. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Planning permission has been granted for a wind farm in an area of Co Offaly where 10 turbines were blocked by An Bord Pleanála last year.Galetech Ene(...)

The stable block and chapel of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Why is it of interest? Charleville Castle is an extravagantly proportioned Gothic Revival castle, built by Francis Johnson between 1800 and 1812 for (...)

Counting has resumed in Offaly where a full recount of the Tullamore electoral area got underway at 10am.  Photograph: Paul McErlance/EPA

Counting has resumed in Offaly where a full recount of the Tullamore electoral area got underway at 10am.The recount was requested by independent cand(...)

Full list of candidates With a smaller number of council seats and three town councils abolished, Offaly’s local election race will be hotly co(...)

How come in the publicity shots for wind energy there are never any houses? Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie O’Connor of Mainstream Renewable Power, writing (Irish Times, December 19th) about economic stagnation, suggests that “building a new green eco(...)

Quirky: a limestone mushroom sculpted by the lapping waves of a vanished lake. Illustration: Michael Viney

For a long time, for me, the midland counties were just a wearily protracted obstacle between Dublin and the west: in the days before motorways(...)

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