The EU says it cannot intervene to stop Ireland from closing rural post offices.


His daughter tries to restrain him as he approaches referee Cormac Reilly. Pictures: Sportsfile

Mick’s fanatical support for Mayo reaches fever pitch

It was the game that had everything — blood, sweat, tears, and crazy behaviour from both players and fans at the All Ireland senior championship semi-final replay between Kerry and Mayo on Saturday.

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VIDEO: Watch a dizzying parachute jump into Croke Park

An amazing video of last Saturday’s parachute jump into Croke Park from the jumper’s point of view has been posted online. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Dramatic increase in thefts and burglaries in Kerry

Burglaries and thefts in Kerry have increased dramatically this summer and are at a historically high level, according to gardaí.


Irish couple drown in Crete

The bodies of an Irish couple who drowned off the coast of Crete while on holiday are expected to be flown home in the coming days.

Aidan O'Brien with his sister Kate and brother Robbie on a 1952 Rolls Royce Wheelescape vintage fire engine at the launch of the 5k charity walk. Picture: Denis Minihane

Firemen respond to special call-out

Firemen responded to a very special call-out at the weekend to help a colleague whose son has a chronic kidney disease.

Joan Burton: No formal policy to reclaim funds.

Officials fail to seek repayment of €300m

Almost €300m in taxpayers’ money has been potentially lost by the State because officials have repeatedly failed to reclaim vital funds given to insolvent companies under redundancy debt relief.


Troops may be pulled out of UN mission

Irish troops could be pulled out of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights if the operation is dragged any further into a Syrian "civil war".


Teachers want cyber bullying on curriculum

Tackling the modern-day scourge of cyberbullying should be part of the school curriculum and more funding is needed to combat growing levels of online aggression, teachers have warned.


Men shot in pub gun attack were innocent victims

Gardaí believe two young men who were lucky to escape with their lives in a reckless gun attack in a busy pub were innocent, and mistakenly shot.

Enda Kenny: Taoiseach will launch the initiative today.

Social media fans asked to switch off and get involved

Enticing social media-obsessed 20-and 30-somethings away from their screens to help out in their local communities is the aim of an initiative being launched today by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.


American Football showcase touches down and lives up to ‘Classic’ billing

The GAA must have known they were making themselves hostages to fortune when they dubbed their American football showcase as the ‘Croke Park Classic’, but Penn State and the University of Central Florida obliged with a game that lived up to its billing.


The Briefing - Your Monday morning news catch up

Welcome to your Monday morning briefing. Let us ensure you’re up to speed on what’s happening and are prepared for the day ahead.


Bomb disposal unit called to examine arsenal

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit was called to a house in a Cork suburb after the discovery of an arsenal of weapons which turned out to be a resident’s private collection.


Children with arthritis waiting more than two years to see a specialist

More than 100 children with a potentially lifelong crippling condition are waiting in excess of two years to see a specialist at the only public hospital in the country to provide the service that they need.


Martin fires opening salvo of 2016 general election

Fianna Fáil have fired their first shots of the next general election campaign with promises to reduce the property tax for the vulnerable and not to enter into any coalition with Fine Gael.


Ireland ‘must be tougher’ on sex offences

Far too many sexual crimes are committed in our society with impunity, the head of the country’s biggest rape crisis agency has said.


Mayo Mick says his pitchside entrance "will never happen again"

The Mayo fan who sprang to public attention with his incursion onto the Gaelic Grounds pitch following Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay said: "It will never happen again." This story is enriched with multi-media content


Minister contradicted on IGB chief resignation

Internal communications have directly contradicted the junior agriculture minister’s public assertion that the last chief executive of the Irish Greyhound Board left his job because of money. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Unionists ‘in league with hardline group’

The deterioration in relations between nationalist and unionist politicians in the North was sparked by a decision to limit the flying of the Union flag over Belfast City Hall, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said.


U-turn as SF’s King decides to run in by-election

Sinn Féin has nominated councillor Cathal King as its candidate for the imminent Dublin South West by-election — just weeks after he insisted he would not run in order to make room for a female candidate.

Seán Healy: Action needed on long-term unemployment.

Social Justice Ireland warns government to plan long and short term to resolve inequality

Social Justice Ireland has warned the Government that it needs to plan for both the short and the long term if it is to resolve some of the issues affecting the country’s most vulnerable people.


Kenny must address issue of Callinan, says Martin

Enda Kenny has been accused of abandoning his duty and burying questions about the resignation of Garda commissioner Martin Callinan until after the next general election.

PJ Mara: Central to Fianna Fáil's election successes in the past.

Party eyes past PR guru Mara to lead campaign

Fianna Fáil officials are staying quiet over claims that one of the party’s best-known spin doctors, PJ Mara, could be set to head its general election campaign.

 Micheál Martin: Renewed vigour, hope and a platform there after the local elections.

Early days yet but FF hope to double Dáil seats to 40

Political Reporter Juno McEnroe talks to Micheál Martin about the next election

Niamh Costello with her mother Wendy. Niamh suffers from juvenile arthritis and did her Junior Cert in a wheelchair; she travels to Dublin each week for treatment. Picture: Des Barry

Vital trips to Crumlin mean a lot of missed school

Facing into your first big state examination is daunting for anyone, but imagine the additional challenge when you end up in a wheelchair — as Niamh Costello did.


Parents to protest over medical cards when Cabinet resumes

Parents of seriously ill children still in limbo over the discretionary medical cards crisis are set to protest outside Leinster House during the first Cabinet meeting of the new Dáil term this Wednesday.


Elber Twomey hails "significant" meeting with Garda chiefs as part of garda suicide training campaign

Campaigner Elber Twomey, who lost her family when a suicidal driver ploughed his vehicle into their car in Devon two years ago, has met with the assistant Garda commissioner to discuss training for recruits to the force to deal with such events.


Ombudsman probe into outsourcing of childcare services

The Ombudsman for Children is investigating the contracting out of residential childcare services by the Child and Family Agency to the private sector.


Sinn Fein: Extend deadline for property tax views

The deadline for submissions from the public over a reduction in the Local Property Tax (LPT) must be extended say some Cork county councillors.


Tributes paid to administrator central to CIT development

Tributes have been paid on the retirement of a respected academic administrator who helped deliver two of the State’s most critical pieces of educational infrastructure.


Cork communities vie for Pride of Place award

Three community groups in County Cork are busy sprucing up their areas in the hope of winning a prestigious competition.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the fund is aimed at encouraging more graduates to consider entrepreneurship. Alison Campbell, director of KTI, said Ireland has invested effectively in science.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland to benefit businesses and create new jobs

LAUNCHED in May, the purpose of Knowledge Transfer Ireland is to make it easier to commercialise and ultimately create new enterprises and jobs from State-funded research from all third-level institutes across the country. Knowledge Transfer Ireland will make it easier to commercialise and create enterprises from State-funded research, says John Daly


Environmental lobby threatens legal action over escaping salmon

An environmental lobby group has threatened to take the Information Commissioner to court as part of its ongoing attempt to obtain a report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.