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A rapist who was “clearly” assaulted by a prison officer while serving his sentence has had a €225 award of damages made to him by a jury increased to(...)

The new index, which will now be the standard monthly indicator of price trends, reveals Ireland’s property crash was more severe than previously estimated with the peak to trough fall put at 54.4 per cent, and not 50.9 per cent.

Up to now we’ve been getting only a glimpse of what is going on under the bonnet of Ireland’s property market. The CSO’s revamped Property Price Index(...)

Michael Frain, chief fire officer and chair of the Roscommon Leader Partnership in Ballaghaderreen, Co Rocommon .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Ballaghaderreen is not alone. Streets empty of residents and small businesses is a pattern all too familiar in small town Ireland. Adding greatly t(...)

Pádraig Mulligan with Frank Giblin and Colin McCusker in Mulligan’s Hardware and Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The woman was a stranger to Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, that night about two years ago. It was quiet, and dark. The visitor was surprised. “Everybo(...)

Frank Feighan’s political rehabilitation coincides with a contented personal life. Divorced for some time, his partner Elaine Mooney from Castlerea, a Sligo-based teacher, is four months pregnant.

A recent lunchtime telephone call from the Taoiseach to Frank Feighan brought good news which the former Roscommon Fine Gael TD saw as political vindi(...)

Irish Roots

I saw my first Protestant at the age of 10, when he joined fifth class in St Paul’s National School in Castlerea. After ascertaining that he wasn’t tr(...)

Alan Higgins of Ballymacurley, Castleplunkett, Castlerea, Co Roscommon, pleaded guilty last year to two charges of harassing  two young women on dates between November 2011 and February 2012. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A 27-year-old man who stalked and harassed two sisters, making their lives ‘a living hell’ was jailed yesterday.Alan Higgins of Ballymacurley, Castlep(...)

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