Independent TD Mattie McGrath said there were “blatant contradictions” in the regulations. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is “no logic” to regulations in the hospitality sector where a hotel can hold a wedding with up to 50 people but cannot host a funeral party for(...)

Members of the Healy-Rae family perform outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Outside Leinster House it was like the prelude to a boyband concert. A high-spirited crowd, dressed to the nines and giddy with excitement, held homem(...)

Richard O’Donoghue: he left Fianna Fáil in 2015 and changed to Independent

Richard O’Donoghue (49) is a father of four, married to wife Kay, and is living in Granagh, Ballingarry, West Limerick. A self-employed building cont(...)

A still from Michael Healy-Rae’s campaign video. Photograph: YouTube/Michael Healy-Rae TD

As if the voters haven’t suffered enough, some candidates have leapt forward into the late 20th century by producing homemade promotional videos. It’s(...)

 Murder trial   told   accused had been ‘hanging’ around dead woman’s workplace and ‘freaking her out’ weeks before he stabbed her to death. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A 29-year-old man told his cousin he stabbed a Kilkenny woman to death because she had stolen a “vial of his blood”, “installed hidden cameras” and pu(...)

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